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Mimicry and play initiation in 18-month-old infants
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2012 (English)In: Infant Behavior and Development, ISSN 0163-6383, E-ISSN 1934-8800, Vol. 35, no 4, 689-696 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Across two experiments, we examined the relationship between 18-month-old infants' mimicry and social behavior - particularly invitations to play with an adult play partner. In Experiment 1, we manipulated whether an adult mimicked the infant's play or not during an initial play phase. We found that infants who had been mimicked were subsequently more likely to invite the adult to join their play with a new toy. In addition, they reen-acted marginally more steps from a social learning demonstration she gave. In Experiment 2, infants had the chance to spontaneously mimic the adult during the play phase. Complementing Experiment 1, those infants who spent more time mimicking the adult were more likely to invite her to play with a new toy. This effect was specific to play and not apparent in other communicative acts, such as directing the adult's attention to an event or requesting toys. Together, the results suggest that infants use mimicry as a tool to establish social connections with others and that mimicry has specific influences on social behaviors related to initiating subsequent joint interactions.

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2012. Vol. 35, no 4, 689-696 p.
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Imitation, Mimicry, Play, Communication, Social cognition
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191785DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2012.07.014ISI: 000312179100009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-191785DiVA: diva2:587767
Available from: 2013-01-15 Created: 2013-01-14 Last updated: 2015-09-09Bibliographically approved

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