Dolphin Hear, Dolphin Do: Imitation by Echolocation

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:19:15 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/10/dolphin-hear-dolphin-do-imitation-by-echolocation/

"These experiments demonstrate dolphins can recognize and imitate trained
behaviors, but Jaakkola is also interested in investigating spontaneous
imitation in problem-solving situations. So far, all dolphin imitation studies
have used the “do-as-I-do” procedure where the dolphin is specifically asked to
imitate a learned behavior. But in the real world, much of the value of
imitation comes from observing how others solve problems and then spontaneously
adopting their technique. The DRC team hopes to probe dolphins’ abilities to
imitate novel behaviors and look into whether dolphins spontaneously use
imitation to learn from each other in more natural situations."

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