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In the search for the functional homology of human imitation: Take play seriously!

  • Ádám Miklósi (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 October 1998

I will argue that we cannot understand imitation unless we know more about its function. By comparing the two examples presented by Byrne & Russon I show how the imitative behaviour of orangutans can be interpreted as a homologue of human imitation during play. In contrast, the lack of data leave the role of imitation in gorillas doubtful.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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