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

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Abstract


  • 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.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


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

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77949913385

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3614&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2613

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Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 168

End Page


  • 175

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • 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.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


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

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77949913385

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3614&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2613

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 168

End Page


  • 175

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom