Watch One, Do One, Teach One

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Science  16 Jul 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5682, pp. 305
DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5682.305k

Imitation is a simple form of social learning, and behavioral and neurophysiological studies have documented the capability of reproducing observed movements in animals. Can a monkey learn not only how to make a sequence of movements but also the underlying rule for doing so? Subiaul et al. (p. 407) argue that, after watching a trained counterpart perform the same task on a neighboring computer screen, two monkeys can learn to specify the uniquely rewarded order of four arbitrary items by pointing to photographs on a touch-sensitive screen.

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