Over-imitation is not automatic: context sensitivity in children's overimitation and action interpretation of causally irrelevant actions.

@article{Keupp2015OverimitationIN,
  title={Over-imitation is not automatic: context sensitivity in children's overimitation and action interpretation of causally irrelevant actions.},
  author={Stefanie Keupp and Tanya Behne and Joanna Zachow and Alina Kasbohm and Hannes Rakoczy},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={2015},
  volume={130},
  pages={163-75}
}
Recent research has documented the robust tendency of children to "over-imitate," that is, to copy causally irrelevant action elements in goal-directed action sequences. Different explanations for over-imitation have been proposed. Causal accounts claim that children mistakenly perceive such action elements as causally relevant and, therefore, imitate them. Affiliation accounts claim that children over-imitate to affiliate with the model. Normative accounts claim that children conceive of… CONTINUE READING

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