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The role of demonstrator familiarity and language cues on infant imitation from television

Seehagen, S. and Herbert, J.S. (2010) The role of demonstrator familiarity and language cues on infant imitation from television. Infant Behavior and Development, 33 (2). pp. 168-175. ISSN 0163-6383

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An imitation procedure was used to investigate the impact of demonstrator familiarity and language cues on infant learning from television. Eighteen-month-old infants watched two pre-recorded videos showing an adult demonstrating a sequence of actions with two sets of stimuli. Infants' familiarity with the demonstrator and the language used during the demonstration varied as a function of experimental condition. Immediately after watching each video, infants' ability to reproduce the target actions was assessed. A highly familiar demonstrator did not enhance infants' performance. However, the addition of a narrative, developed from mothers' naturalistic description of the event, facilitated learning from an unfamiliar demonstrator. We propose that the differential effect of demonstrator familiarity and language cues may reflect the infants' ability to distinguish between important and less important aspects in a learning situation. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Elsevier. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Infant Behavior and Development. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Learning; Television; Behavioural recall; Infancy; Mothers; Imitation
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Department of Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2010 12:43
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2009.12.008
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2009.12.008
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10869

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