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ERIC Number: EJ1234803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Being Observed Increases Overimitation in Three Diverse Cultures
Stengelin, Roman; Hepach, Robert; Haun, Daniel B. M.
Developmental Psychology, v55 n12 p2630-2636 Dec 2019
From a young age, children in Western, industrialized societies overimitate others' actions. However, the underlying motivation and cultural specificity of this behavior have remained unclear. Here, 3- to 8-year-old children (N = 125) from two rural Namibian populations (Haillom and Ovambo) and one urban German population were tested in two versions of an overimitation paradigm. Across cultures, children selectively imitated more actions when the adult model was present compared to being absent, denoting a social motivation underlying overimitation. At the same time, children's imitation was not linked to their tendency to reengage the adult in a second, independent measure of social motivation. These results suggest that, across diverse cultures, children's imitative behavior is actuated by the attentive state of the model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Namibia; Germany
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