Imitation in young children: when who gets copied is more important than what gets copied.

@article{Nielsen2011ImitationIY,
  title={Imitation in young children: when who gets copied is more important than what gets copied.},
  author={Mark Nielsen and Cornelia Blank},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={47 4},
  pages={1050-3}
}
Unlike other animals, human children will copy all of an adult's goal-directed actions, including ones that are clearly unnecessary for achieving the demonstrated goal. Here we highlight how social affiliation is key to this species-specific behavior. Preschoolers watched 2 adults retrieve a toy from a novel apparatus. One adult included irrelevant actions in her demonstration; the other only used actions causally related to opening the apparatus. After both adults took turns demonstrating, 1… CONTINUE READING
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