The automatic imitation comes very fast when a stimulus is given to replicate. The imitation can match the commands with the visual stimulus (compatible) or it cannot match the commands with the visual stimulus (incompatible). For example: ‘Simon Says’, a game played with children where they are told to follow the commands given by the adult. In this game, the adult gives the commands and shows the actions; the commands given can either match the action to be done or it will not match the action. The children who imitate the adult who has given the command with the correct action will stay in the game. The children who imitate the command with the wrong action will go out of the game, and this is where the child’s automatic imitation comes into play. Psychologically, the visual stimulus being looked upon by the child is being imitated faster than the imitation of the command. In addition, the response times were faster in compatible scenarios than in incompatible scenarios.
Children are surrounded by many different people, day by day. Their parents make a big impact on them and usually what the children do, is what they have seen their parent do. In this article they found that a child simply watching its mother sweep the floor, the child right after soon picked up on it and start to imitate the mother by sweeping the floor. By the children imitating, they are really teaching themselves how to do things without instruction from the parent or guardian. Toddlers love to play the game of house,they picked up on this game of house by television ,school or at home, the play the game how they see it. The kids imitate their parents or anybody in their family. in the article it says it is so easy for them to pick up on the things they see on a every day base.
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