Unselective Overimitators: The Evolutionary Implications of Children's Indiscriminate Copying of Successful and Prestigious Models.

@article{Chudek2016UnselectiveOT,
  title={Unselective Overimitators: The Evolutionary Implications of Children's Indiscriminate Copying of Successful and Prestigious Models.},
  author={Maciej Chudek and Andrew Scott Baron and Susan A. J. Birch},
  journal={Child development},
  year={2016},
  volume={87 3},
  pages={782-94}
}
Children are both shrewd about whom to copy-they selectively learn from certain adults-and overimitators-they copy adults' obviously superfluous actions. Is overimitation also selective? Does selectivity change with age? In two experiments, 161 two- to seven-year-old children saw videos of one adult receiving better payoffs or more bystander attention than another. Children then watched the adults perform unnecessary actions on novel transparent devices. Children preferred the adult who… CONTINUE READING
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