Computational Model for Reward-Based Generation and Maintenance of Motivation

  • Fawad TajEmail author
  • Michel C. A. Klein
  • Aart van Halteren
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11309)


In this paper, a computational model for the motivation process is presented that takes into account the reward pathway for motivation generation and associative learning for maintaining motivation through Hebbian learning approach. The reward prediction error is used to keep motivation maintained. These aspects are backed by recent neuroscientific models and literature. Simulation experiments have been performed by creating scenarios for student learning through rewards and controlling their motivation through regulation. Mathematical analysis is provided to verify the dynamic properties of the model.


Motivation Cognitive modelling Reward-based learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fawad Taj
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michel C. A. Klein
    • 1
  • Aart van Halteren
    • 1
  1. 1.Behavioural Informatics Group, Department of Computer ScienceVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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