Contrasting Social and Cognitive Accounts on Overimitation

Subtitle:The Role of Causal Transparency and Prior Experiences
Authors/others:Schleihauf, Hanna (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg); Graetz, Sabine (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg); Pauen, Sabina (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg); Hoehl, Stefanie (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)
Abstract:

Three experiments (N = 100) examine the influence of causal information on overimitation. In Experiment 1, a transparent reward location reveals that the reward is unaffected by nonfunctional actions. When 5-year-olds observe an inefficient and subsequently an efficient strategy to retrieve a reward, they show overimitation in both phases-even though the reward is visible. In Experiment 2, children observe first the efficient then the inefficient strategy. The latter is always demonstrated communicatively, whereas the efficient strategy is presented communicatively (2a) or noncommunicatively (2b). Regardless of whether the efficient strategy is emphasized through communication or not, most children do not switch from the efficient to the inefficient strategy. Depending on the situation, children base their behavior on social motivations or causal information.

Language:English
Date of publication:2017
Journal title:Child Development
Peer reviewed:true
Links:
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12780
Bibliographical note:© 2017 The Authors. Child Development © 2017 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Publication Type:Article
State:E-pub ahead of print
Portal:https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/contrasting-social-and-cognitive-accounts-on-overimitation(2ac95df5-8a33-46fe-a075-b7aaa64536ca).html