High-level social learning in apes: Imitation or observation-assisted planning?

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (5):698-699 (1998)
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Byrne & Russon's notion of program-level imitation is based on the ability of apes to plan novel sequences of behavior and on how information gleaned by observation can aid the planning process. Byrne & Russon would have made a stronger case by focusing on social learning and planning and expending less effort interpreting their results as a new category of imitation.



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