Selective imitation in 6-month-olds: the role of the social and physical context

Infant Behav Dev. 2012 Jun;35(3):509-12. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2012.05.002. Epub 2012 Jun 26.


Six-month-old infants' learning of a new action from two different models (mother/stranger) was assessed in two settings (home/laboratory). In the laboratory, a significant number of infants learned the action from a stranger but not from their mother. In the infants' homes, this pattern was reversed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Choice Behavior / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Imitative Behavior / physiology*
  • Infant
  • Learning*
  • Male
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Reaction Time
  • Recognition, Psychology*
  • Social Environment*