ERIC Number: ED308944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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Peer Imitation in the Second Year of Life.
Hanna, Elizabeth; Meltzoff, Andrew N.
This study investigated whether infants could imitate other infants' actions with toys. A total of 40 infants, 14 months of age, were videotaped while playing with specifically designed toys. Half of the babies watched another infant demonstrate target actions with five toys. After a 5-minute delay, experimental subjects were given the toys to manipulate. The other half of the subjects served as controls; they did not observe a peer demonstration. Findings indicated that the experimental subjects performed significantly more of the target actions than the controls did, thus supporting the hypothesis of peer imitation after a delay. It is concluded that the experimental procedure could be used to test the limits of what infants can learn from one another. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Kansas City, MO, April 27-30, 1989).