A Limited Perspective on Imitation

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 699–700. Originally Reviews the book, Imitation: A Developmental Perspective by Regina Yando, Victoria Seitz, and Edward Zigler (see record 1980-02959-000). In this volume examining imitation in children, the authors define imitation as the motoric or verbal performance of specific acts or sounds that are like those previously performed by a model. The first three chapters present the main theories of imitation and compare them on major issues. The fourth collects empirical studies of imitation in children of different ages, and the fifth through seventh present the author's own study of imitation and recall in groups of children aged 4, 7, 10, and 13 years. The final chapter presents the author's theory of imitation and suggestions for future research. The author's stresses the cognitive-developmental level and the motivation of the observer as the main factors essential for understanding imitation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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