Male more than female infants imitate propulsive motion
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CitationBenenson, Joyce. F., Robert Tennyson, and Richard W. Wrangham. 2011. "Male More Than Female Infants Imitate Propulsive Motion." Cognition 121, no. 2: 262-67.
AbstractFew experimental studies investigate the mechanisms by which young children develop sex-typed activity preferences. Gender self-labeling followed by selective imitation of same-sex models currently is considered a primary socialization mechanism. Research with prenatally androgenized girls and non-human primates also suggests an innate male preference for activities that involve propulsive movement. Here we show that before children can label themselves by gender, 6- to 9-month-old male infants are more likely than female infants to imitate propulsive movements. Further, male infants’ increase in propulsive movement was linearly related to proportion of time viewing a male model’s propulsive movements. We propose that male sex-typed behavior develops from socialization mechanisms that build on a male predisposition to imitate propulsive motion.
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