Observational learning by cats.

@article{Herbert1944ObservationalLB,
  title={Observational learning by cats.},
  author={M. J. Herbert and Charles Maxfield Harsh},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Psychology},
  year={1944},
  volume={37},
  pages={81-95}
}
Theorists explaining cultural transmission of behavior have often emphasized the importance of the learning, by young individuals, from observation of the behavior of others. A few decades ago animals were generally conceded to show this type of learning, which was explained by an instinct of imitation. Psychologists who accepted the interpretation investigated imitation to get evidence for or against instincts; others merely wished to discover where in the animal hierarchy there was first… 

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