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Front. Hum. Neurosci., 20 April 2015 |

Corrigendum: Modeling habits as self-sustaining patterns of sensorimotor behavior

  • 1Embodied Emotion, Cognition and (Inter) Action Lab, School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
  • 2Department of Philosophy, University School of Social Work, UPV/EHU, University of the Basque Country, Spain
  • 3IAS-Research Center for Life, Mind, and Society, UPV/EHU University of the Basque Country, Spain

A corrigendum on
Modeling habits as self-sustaining patterns of sensorimotor behavior

by Egbert, M. D., and Barandiaran, X. E. (2014) Front. Hum. Neurosci. 8:590. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00590

In this article, Equation 8 is incorrectly written:

Γ(a,Nv)=aa·Nv||Nv||,    (1)

The correct equation is:

Γ(a,Nv)=a(a·Nv||Nv||)Nv||Nv||,    (2)

where the right-hand-side of the equation represents the vector a with its component parallel to Nv removed.

In the paper, this function is used to calculate the “attraction” influence of nodes. The vector a is the difference between the node's position (Np) and the current sensorimotor state (x), and Γ removes the component of a that is parallel to Nv.

All of the simulations presented in the original paper were performed with the correct evaluation of Γ(a, Nv). This was only a typo in the manuscript.

Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.


Matthew Egbert's contributions to this research were funded by the European Commission as part of the ALIZ-E project (FP7-ICT-248116). Xabier Barandiaran's work was funded by the eSMCs: Extending Sensorimotor Contingencies to Cognition project, FP7-ICT-2009-6 no: IST-270212. Research project “Autonomia y Niveles de Organizacion” financed by the Spanish Government (ref. FFI2011-25665) and IAS-Research group funding IT590-13 from the Basque Government. The authors would also like to thank Eran Agmon as well as Lola Cañamero and the other members of the Embodied Emotion, Cognition and (Inter-)Action Lab for discussions of the research presented above. The opinions expressed are solely the authors.

Keywords: sensorimotor, self-maintaining patterns-of-behavior, mental-life, habits, meso-scale modeling

Citation: Egbert MD and Barandiaran XE (2015) Corrigendum: Modeling habits as self-sustaining patterns of sensorimotor behavior. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 9:209. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00209

Received: 11 March 2015; Accepted: 30 March 2015;
Published: 20 April 2015.

Edited and reviewed by: Javier Bernacer, University of Navarra, Spain

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