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    Byrne, Richard W. Hobaiter, Catherine and Klailova, Michelle 2011. Local traditions in gorilla manual skill: evidence for observational learning of behavioral organization. Animal Cognition, Vol. 14, Issue. 5, p. 683.

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If it is inevitable, it need not be imitated

  • Patricia J. Bauer (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 October 1998

Byrne & Russon provide illustrative examples of imitative abilities in nonhuman primates. The convincing aspects of the examples are not, however, their hierarchical or structured nature: Such organization may be inevitable and hence, does not require explanation via imitation. Rather, examples of imitation are derived from reproduction of behaviors and sequences that, from the organism's perspective, are arbitrary.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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