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ERIC Number: EJ849749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
The Effect of Social Engagement on 24-Month-Olds' Imitation from Live and Televised Models
Nielsen, Mark; Simcock, Gabrielle; Jenkins, Linda
Developmental Science, v11 n5 p722-731 Sep 2008
To date, developmental research has rarely addressed the notion that imitation serves an interpersonal, socially based function. The present research thus examined the role of social engagement on 24-month-olds' imitation by manipulating the social availability of the model. In Experiment 1, the children were more likely to imitate the exact actions of a live socially responsive model compared to a videotaped model who could not provide socially contingent feedback. In Experiment 2, the children were more likely to imitate the exact actions of a model with whom they could communicate via a closed-circuit TV system than a videotaped model who could not provide interactive feedback. This research provides clear evidence that children's imitative behavior is affected by the social nature of the model. These findings are discussed in relation to theories on imitation and the video deficit.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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