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Nature. 2002 Feb 14;415(6873):755.

Rational imitation in preverbal infants.

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Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1132 Budapest, Hungary. gergelyg@mtapi.hu

Abstract

Here we show that if an adult demonstrates a new way to execute a task to a group of infants aged 14 months, the children will use this action to achieve the same goal only if they consider it to be the most rational alternative. Our results indicate that imitation of goal-directed action by preverbal infants is a selective, interpretative process, rather than a simple re-enactment of the means used by a demonstrator, as was previously thought.

PMID:
11845198
DOI:
10.1038/415755a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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