Re: Associative learning versus imitation - JoM Article

Mario Vaneechoutte (
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 16:22:52 +0200

Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 16:22:52 +0200
From: Mario Vaneechoutte <>
Subject: Re: Associative learning versus imitation - JoM Article

Bill Benzon wrote:

> Mario Vaneechoutte wrote:
> > Let us agree that humans are much better in this. Then the question boils down
> > to: from what age on do babies imitate visually observable events?
> >From birth. I don't have references immediately at hand, but the observations are
> quite well-known (Metzler is the name to search for). Look at a neonate and stick
> our your tongue or flutter your eyelashes. She'll imitate you.

Thanks, Bill. References are what we need here, because I would have difficulties in
understanding this. Can someone help?

> > Or is this imitation somehow instructed by parents?
> There's some question as to whether or not this can be called imitation. But it's
> certainly not instructed.

Do we have the same interpretation problems than as we have with animals with regard to
the question whether this is imitation or not?


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