Imitation

Imitation is an advanced behavior whereby an individual observes and replicates another's. The word can be applied in many contexts, ranging from animal training to international politics. Imitation is also a form of social learning that leads to the "development of traditions, and ultimately our culture. It allows for the transfer of information (behaviours, customs, etc.) between individuals and down generations without the need for genetic inheritance."

Read more about Imitation:  Anthropology and Social Sciences, Neuroscience, Mirror Neuron System, Animal Behavior, Child Development, Automatic Imitation, Deferred Imitation

Famous quotes containing the word imitation:

    Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    Language as a real thing is not imitation either of sounds or colors or emotions it is an intellectual recreation and there is no possible doubt about it and it is going to go on being that as long as humanity is anything.
    Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

    To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.
    —G.C. (Georg Christoph)