Volume 4, Issue 1 (1975)
A Review of the Literature on Observer Characteristics and Imitation
T.J. Akamatsu, M.H. Thelen
The purpose of the present paper is to review evidence on the role of observer characteristics in imitation. Observer characteristics will be defined as any state or trait personality variables which are primarily associated with the observer in the imitation situation as opposed to variables associated with the model or other aspects of the situation. Relatively little attention has been paid to the role of observer characteristics, perhaps as a consequence of the fact that the leading theories of imitation tend to minimize the importance of these variables. It is thought that investigation of such variables might provide information which will contribute to understanding of the imitative process.
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