Children’s imitation of causal action sequences is influenced by statistical and pedagogical evidence

@article{Buchsbaum2011ChildrensIO,
  title={Children’s imitation of causal action sequences is influenced by statistical and pedagogical evidence},
  author={Daphna Buchsbaum and Alison Gopnik and Thomas L. Griffiths and Patrick Shafto},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2011},
  volume={120},
  pages={331-340}
}
Children are ubiquitous imitators, but how do they decide which actions to imitate? One possibility is that children rationally combine multiple sources of information about which actions are necessary to cause a particular outcome. For instance, children might learn from contingencies between action sequences and outcomes across repeated demonstrations, and they might also use information about the actor's knowledge state and pedagogical intentions. We define a Bayesian model that predicts… CONTINUE READING
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