Fourteen-month-olds' imitation of differently aged models

Zmyj, Norbert, Daum, Moritz M., Prinz, Wolfgang, Nielsen, Mark and Aschersleben, Gisa (2012) Fourteen-month-olds' imitation of differently aged models. Infant and Child Development, 21 3: 250-266. doi:10.1002/icd.750

Author Zmyj, Norbert
Daum, Moritz M.
Prinz, Wolfgang
Nielsen, Mark
Aschersleben, Gisa
Title Fourteen-month-olds' imitation of differently aged models
Journal name Infant and Child Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1522-7227
Publication date 2012-05
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/icd.750
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 250
End page 266
Total pages 17
Place of publication Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley and Sons
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Studies comparing adult and peer imitation are rare and have to date provided mixed results. The aim of the present study was to investigate 14-month-olds’ imitation of different actions (novel versus familiar) performed by televised models of different age groups (peers, older children or adults). In two experiments, we investigated infants’ imitative performance when observing a novel action (Experiment 1) and familiar actions (Experiment 2). The results showed that the likelihood of imitating a novel action increased as the age of the model increased. The opposite was true for familiar actions where infants imitated the peer more frequently than either the older child or the adult model. These findings are discussed in relation to infants’ ability to take into account a model’s characteristics such as age when imitating actions.
Keyword Peers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 26 September 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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