Social Learning and Imitation


MOST past studies of learning have been concerned with the acquisition of intellectual or motor habits and skills. The learning process has been studied, so to speak, in a social vacuum. With the subject of imitation, text-books have usually dealt casually, explaining it in terms of current theory, nativistic, 'associationist' or, more rarely, in terms of learning. Familiar phenomena are the ones most liable to be lightly passed over, and it is perhaps just because imitation is so pervasive and universal a process that its significance has been overlooked.

Social Learning and Imitation

By Neal E. Miller John Dollard. (International Library of Sociology and Social Reconstruction.) Pp. x + 284. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd., 1945.) 15s. net.

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COHEN, J. Social Learning and Imitation. Nature 156, 515–516 (1945).

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