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Measuring action understanding: Relations between goal prediction and imitation


Gampe, Anja; Prinz, Wolfgang; Daum, Moritz M (2016). Measuring action understanding: Relations between goal prediction and imitation. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 34(1):53-65.

Abstract

We explored the developmental course of goal prediction and imitation as two commonly used measures of action understanding. In particular, we investigated the relationships between the measures in two complex multistep actions (hammering and pulling action) in children between 12 and 30 months (n = 64) in a between-subjects design. The results showed that the prediction of an action goal was related to the imitation in the hammering action, but not in the pulling action. The results are discussed in the light of current theories on goal prediction and imitation.

Abstract

We explored the developmental course of goal prediction and imitation as two commonly used measures of action understanding. In particular, we investigated the relationships between the measures in two complex multistep actions (hammering and pulling action) in children between 12 and 30 months (n = 64) in a between-subjects design. The results showed that the prediction of an action goal was related to the imitation in the hammering action, but not in the pulling action. The results are discussed in the light of current theories on goal prediction and imitation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:March 2016
Deposited On:29 Nov 2016 14:12
Last Modified:30 Nov 2016 08:49
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0261-510X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12125
PubMed ID:26708448

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