The evolution of imitation: what do the capacities of non-human animals tell us about the mechanisms of imitation?

@article{Huber2009TheEO,
  title={The evolution of imitation: what do the capacities of non-human animals tell us about the mechanisms of imitation?},
  author={Ludwig Huber and Friederike Range and Bernhard Voelkl and Andrea Szucsich and Zsofia Viranyi and Ad{\'a}m Mikl{\'o}si},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={364 1528},
  pages={
          2299-309
        }
}
In this paper, we review reports and present new empirical data from studies with marmosets and dogs that address the correspondence problem of imitation research. We focus on the question of how it is possible to transform visual information into matching motor acts. Here, the important issue is not the learning of a complex skill, but determining the copying fidelity of animals at different levels of behavioural organization. As a theoretical framework, we suggest a classification in terms of… CONTINUE READING
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