Rational Imitation in 12-Month-Old Infants

  title={Rational Imitation in 12-Month-Old Infants},
  author={Christiane Schwier and Catharine van Maanen and Malinda Carpenter and Michael Tomasello},
Gergely, Bekkering, and Kiraly (2002) demonstrated that 14-month-old infants engage in "rational imitation." To investigate the development and flexibility of this skill, we tested 12-month-olds on a different but analogous task. Infants watched as an adult made a toy animal use a particular action to get to an endpoint. In 1 condition there was a barrier that prevented a more straightforward action and so gave the actor no choice but to use the demonstrated action. In the other condition there… 

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