Imitation, culture and cognition

@article{Heyes1993ImitationCA,
  title={Imitation, culture and cognition},
  author={C. Heyes},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1993},
  volume={46},
  pages={999-1010}
}
  • C. Heyes
  • Published 1993
  • Psychology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Abstract Abstract. This paper examines the significance of imitation in non-human animals with respect to the phylogenetic origins of culture and cognitive complexity. It is argued that both imitation (learning about behaviour through nonspecific observation) and social learning (learning about the environment through conspecific observation) can mediate social transmission of information, and that neither is likely to play an important role in supporting behavioural traditions or culture… CONTINUE READING

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