How do kids start to connect with others?

14 Sep 2021
Social mimicry

Door elkaar te imiteren, ook wel ‘social mimicry’ genoemd, leren we dingen. Maar dat niet alleen! Door elkaar te imiteren voelen mensen zich meer verbonden met elkaar. Het heeft dus een belangrijke sociale functie.

Stefania Vacaru's research

In her PhD, BRC researcher Stefania Vacaru studied when children start to imitate others to show their desire to connect with them. Apparently children as young as 3 years old already do this. And, interestingly, the quality of the relationship between parent and child (attachment) plays a part in this!

Read more?

Read the full interview with Stefania Vacaru in Hands-on Scientist, a blog that covers scientific results in an accessible way.