What drives young children to over-imitate? Investigating the effects of age, context, action type, and transitivity.

@article{Clay2018WhatDY,
  title={What drives young children to over-imitate? Investigating the effects of age, context, action type, and transitivity.},
  author={Zanna Clay and Harriet Over and C Tennie},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={2018},
  volume={166},
  pages={
          520-534
        }
}
Imitation underlies many traits thought to characterize our species, which includes the transmission and acquisition of language, material culture, norms, rituals, and conventions. From early childhood, humans show an intriguing willingness to imitate behaviors, even those that have no obvious function. This phenomenon, known as "over-imitation," is thought to explain some of the key differences between human cultures as compared with those of nonhuman animals. Here, we used a single… CONTINUE READING
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