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Infants show stability of goal-directed imitation.
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PMID:  23073368     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Previous studies have reported that infants selectively reproduce observed actions and have argued that this selectivity reflects understanding of intentions and goals, or goal-directed imitation. We reasoned that if selective imitation of goal-directed actions reflects understanding of intentions, infants should demonstrate stability across perceptually and causally dissimilar imitation tasks. To this end, we employed a longitudinal within-participants design to compare the performance of 37 infants on two imitation tasks, with one administered at 13months and one administered at 14months. Infants who selectively imitated goal-directed actions in an object-cued task at 13months also selectively imitated goal-directed actions in a vocal-cued task at 14months. We conclude that goal-directed imitation reflects a general ability to interpret behavior in terms of mental states.
Elena Sakkalou; Kate Ellis-Davies; Nia C Fowler; Elma E Hilbrink; Merideth Gattis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental child psychology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1096-0457     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Child Psychol     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985128R     Medline TA:  J Exp Child Psychol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK; Neurosciences Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 3LU, UK.
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