ERIC Number: ED171394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Issues in the Study of Imitation.
This paper addresses several issues concerning the nature of imitative acts and the conditions under which they take place. These issues include: (1) the separation of imitative acts from reinforced behavior; (2) the separation of true imitative acts from reflexive acts; (3) the separation of imitative acts from acts which normally have a high likelihood of occurring and from acts which are related to general arousal; (4) the degree and kind of similarity required of the child's action as compared to the model's action; (5) the nature of temporal parameters controlling deferred imitation; (6) the role and nature of the model in imitative behavior; and (7) the nature of the action to be imitated. In addition, the paper raises issues concerning the development of imitation and the role of subjective imitation (actions which are not imitative but which are perceived by parents as imitative) in facilitating parent-child interaction. (SS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (San Francisco, California, March 15-18, 1979)