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Familiarity and complexity modulate the way children imitate tool-use actions: A cross-cultural study
Wang, Lamei1; Fu, Xiaolan1; Zimmer, Hubert D.2; Aschersleben, Gisa2; Fu, XL (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, State Key Lab Brain & Cognit Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
2012-03-01
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
ISSN2044-5911
SubtypeArticle
Volume24Issue:2Pages:221-228
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AbstractThe effects of action complexity and familiarity on preschooler's imitation performance were investigated. Thirty-two tool-use action video clips were imitated by 32 German and 32 Chinese preschoolers. Preschoolers' imitation performance was better for familiar as compared to unfamiliar actions and for simple as compared to complex actions. Furthermore, imitation errors were classified as means (action steps to reach the goal) errors and ends (action outcomes) errors. When imitating simple actions children made more means than ends errors, whereas more ends errors were made for complex actions. We explain this by the higher demands of processing complex actions on cognitive resources. This result highlights the important role of action complexity in children's representation of the means and ends of tool-use actions. Performances showed a high cross-cultural stability, which indicates that imitation is a basic learning mechanism thereby uninfluenced by cultures.
KeywordComplexity Cross-culture Familiarity Imitation Preschooler
Subject AreaDevelopmental Psychology
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Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/11523
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Corresponding AuthorFu, XL (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, State Key Lab Brain & Cognit Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China.
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, State Key Lab Brain & Cognit Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Saarland, Dept Psychol, Saarbrucken, Germany
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Wang, Lamei,Fu, Xiaolan,Zimmer, Hubert D.,et al. Familiarity and complexity modulate the way children imitate tool-use actions: A cross-cultural study[J]. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY,2012,24(2):221-228.
APA Wang, Lamei,Fu, Xiaolan,Zimmer, Hubert D.,Aschersleben, Gisa,&Fu, XL .(2012).Familiarity and complexity modulate the way children imitate tool-use actions: A cross-cultural study.JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY,24(2),221-228.
MLA Wang, Lamei,et al."Familiarity and complexity modulate the way children imitate tool-use actions: A cross-cultural study".JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 24.2(2012):221-228.
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