Deferred imitation in 18-month-olds from two cultural contexts: The case of Cameroonian Nso farmer and German-middle class infants

Autor(en): Borchert, Sonja
Lamm, Bettina
Graf, Frauke
Knopf, Monika
Stichwörter: 14-MONTH-OLD; CHILDREN; Cross-cultural research; Deferred imitation; Imitative learning; IMMEDIATE; Infancy; MEMORY; Psychology; Psychology, Developmental; STEPS
Erscheinungsdatum: 2013
Herausgeber: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC
Journal: INFANT BEHAVIOR & DEVELOPMENT
Volumen: 36
Ausgabe: 4
Startseite: 717
Seitenende: 727
Zusammenfassung: 
Imitative learning has been described in naturalistic studies for different cultures, but lab-based research studying imitative learning across different cultural contexts is almost missing. Therefore, imitative learning was assessed with 18-month-old German middle-class and Cameroonian Nso farmer infants - representing two highly different eco-cultural contexts associated with different cultural models, the psychological autonomy and the hierarchical relatedness - by using the deferred imitation paradigm. Study I revealed that the infants from both cultural contexts performed a higher number of target actions in the deferred imitation than in the baseline phase. Moreover, it was found that German middle-class infants showed a higher mean imitation rate as they performed more target actions in the deferred imitation phase compared with Cameroonian Nso farmer infants. It was speculated that the opportunity to manipulate the test objects directly after the demonstration of the target actions could enhance the mean deferred imitation rate of the Cameroonian Nso farmer infants which was confirmed in Study 2. Possible explanations for the differences in the amount of imitated target actions of German middle-class and Cameroonian Nso farmer infants are discussed considering the object-related, dyadic setting of the imitation paradigm with respect to the different learning contexts underlying the different cultural models of learning. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 01636383
DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2013.08.003

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