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Imitation of peers in children and adults

Apesteguia, J; Huck, S; Oechssler, J; Weidenholzer, E; Weidenholzer, S; (2018) Imitation of peers in children and adults. Games , 9 (1) , Article 11. 10.3390/g9010011. Green open access

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Abstract

Imitation of the successful choices of others is a simple and superficially attractive learning rule. It has been shown to be an important driving force for the strategic behavior of (young) adults. In this study we examine whether imitation is prevalent in the behavior of children aged between 8 and 10. Surprisingly, we find that imitation seems to be cognitively demanding. Most children in this age group ignore information about others, foregoing substantial learning opportunities. While this seems to contradict much of the literature in the field of psychology, we argue that success-based imitation of peers may be harder for children to perform than non-success-based imitation of adults.

Type: Article
Title: Imitation of peers in children and adults
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/g9010011
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/g9010011
Language: English
Additional information: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: children; imitation learning; success-based imitation; peer imitation
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068993
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