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Seeing triggers acting, hearing does not trigger saying: Evidence from children's weak inhibition

Simpson, A and Cooper, NR and Gillmeister, H and Riggs, KJ (2013) 'Seeing triggers acting, hearing does not trigger saying: Evidence from children's weak inhibition.' Cognition, 128 (2). 103 - 112. ISSN 0010-0277

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There is evidence to suggest action imitation is automatic in adults and children. Children's weak inhibitory control means that automatic activation can have dramatic effects on behaviour. In three developmental studies, we investigated whether verbal imitation, like action imitation, is automatic. In Experiment 1 (n=. 96), 3-year-olds' accuracy was investigated on three well-established inhibitory tasks, and on a novel task which required the suppression of verbal imitation. Experiment 2 (n=. 48) compared 3-year-olds' accuracy on well-matched action and verbal tasks. In Experiment 3 (n=. 96), 5-, 7- and 11-year-olds reaction times were compared on verbal and action tasks using conditions that enabled the tasks' inhibitory demands to be assessed. Consistent support was found for verbal imitation being less automatic than action imitation. We suggest that this difference may reflect the greater complexity of speech, and has consequences for children's behaviour and learning. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 09:09
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 20:15

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