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Is overimitation a uniquely human phenomenon? Insights from human children as compared to bonobos.

Clay, Z. and Tennie, C. (2018) 'Is overimitation a uniquely human phenomenon? Insights from human children as compared to bonobos.', Child development., 89 (5). pp. 1535-1544.

Abstract

Imitation is a key mechanism of human culture and underlies many of the intricacies of human social life, including rituals and social norms. Compared to other animals, humans appear to be special in their readiness to copy novel actions as well as those that are visibly causally irrelevant. This study directly compared the imitative behavior of human children to that of bonobos, our understudied great ape relatives. During an action-copying task involving visibly causally irrelevant actions, only 3- to 5-year-old children (N = 77) readily copied, whereas no bonobo from a large sample did (N = 46). These results highlight the distinctive nature of the human cultural capacity and contribute important insights into the development and evolution of human cultural behaviors.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12857
Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Clay, Z. and Tennie, C. (2018), Is Overimitation a Uniquely Human Phenomenon? Insights From Human Children as Compared to Bonobos. Child Development 89(5): 1535-1544, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12857. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:17 March 2017
Date deposited:07 September 2017
Date of first online publication:24 July 2017
Date first made open access:24 July 2018

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