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    Bryson, Joanna J. 2012. The Complex Mind.

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Hoist by their own petard: The constraints of hierarchical models

  • B. Vereijken (a1) and H. T. A. Whiting (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 October 1998

In the context of the motor skill literature on observational learning and hierarchical skill structuring, Byrne & Russon's findings call into question their standpoint that great apes imitate the behaviour of role models at the programme level. The authors impose a hierarchical model on their observations without properly considering alternative explanations. One such possibility, which stems from a constraints perspective that they dismiss, is put forward.

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