ERIC Number: ED080152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Children's Preference for Stimuli Associated with Being Imitated.
Parton, David A.; Priefert, Maria J.
Forty-eight preschool children were run under a classical conditioning paradigm in which some neutral stimuli were repeatedly associated with an adult matching the behavior of the subject, and other neutral stimuli were associated with the same adult mismatching the behavior of the subject. Preference for the stimuli associated with being matched increased over the course of the experiment, the overall preference for the matched stimuli exceeded chance, and there was no evidence that the subjects imitated the immediately prior performance of the adult. The overall results are consistent with the thesis that behavioral similarity serves a reinforcing function and that behavioral dissimilarity serves a more transitory punishing function. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Dept. of Sociology.
Note: Research reported in this paper was presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Philadelphia, Pa., March 29 - April 1, 1973); Masters Thesis, University of Iowa