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Selective Imitation of In-Group Over Out-Group Members in 14-Month-Old Infants.
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PMID:  23006251     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Recent research has shown that infants are more likely to engage with in-group over out-group members. However, it is not known whether infants' learning is influenced by a model's group membership. This study investigated whether 14-month-olds (N = 66) selectively imitate and adopt the preferences of in-group versus out-group members. Infants watched an adult tell a story either in their native language (in-group) or a foreign language (out-group). The adult then demonstrated a novel action (imitation task) and chose 1 of 2 objects (preference task). Infants did not show selectivity in the preference task, but they imitated the in-group model more faithfully than the out-group model. This suggests that cultural learning is beginning to be truly cultural by 14 months of age.
David Buttelmann; Norbert Zmyj; Moritz Daum; Malinda Carpenter
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1467-8624     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-9-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. Child Development © 2012 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
University of Erfurt.
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