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Conditioning generalized imitation in autistic children

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Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
0022-0965
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Elsevier
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2
Issue
4
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DOI: 10.1016/0022-0965(65)90023-8

Abstract

Abstract Generalized imitative behavior, commonly found in normal children but reduced or absent in autistic children, was studied in two autistic children. Operant conditioning methods were applied to teach the children generalized imitative behavior in a laboratory setting. The children learned to imitate on specifically trained tasks. More important, this learning generalized to similar but new tasks where specific training and specific rewards were not given.

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