Evolutionary perspectives on imitation: is a comparative psychology of social learning possible?

  title={Evolutionary perspectives on imitation: is a comparative psychology of social learning possible?},
  author={Christine Anna Caldwell and Andrew Whiten},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
Abstract. Studies of imitation in animals have become numerous in recent times, but do they contribute to a comparative psychology of social learning? We review this burgeoning field to identify the problems and prospects for such a goal. Difficulties of two main kinds are identified. First, researchers have tackled questions about social learning from at least three very different theoretical perspectives, the "phylogenetic", "animal model", and "adaptational". We examine the conflicts between… 

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