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Copycat Seen as Universal Behavior in Human Children Only | LiveScience

May 3

From prepubescent kids pretending to shave, to the offspring of smokers taking up their parents’ addiction, children often copy the exact behaviors of their parents.

Now science shows this trait universal to all human children, and may help explain how people pass their culture from one generation to the next.

“[Scientists] have been finding this odd effect where children will copy everything that they see an adult demonstrate to them, even if there are clear or obvious reasons why those actions would be irrelevant,” said Mark Nielsen, a psychologist at the University of Queensland in Australia, and lead researcher on the new study. “It’s something that we know that other primates don’t do.”

via Copycat Seen as Universal Behavior in Human Children Only | LiveScience.

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