Washington: Children typically copy adult behavior as a social phenomenon, not to learn new skills, though this differs among those with autism.In their study, psychologists at The University of Nottingham found that autistic children, who have profound difficulty in engaging in social situations, were less likely to copy unnecessary behaviour when learning a new task.The research could offer a new approach to examining social development in children and adults with disorders on the autistic spectrum."Our study showed that typically developing children copy everything an adult does, even when they know that some of the actions are `silly," Dr Antonia Hamilton, who led the research in the University`s School of Psychology, said."In contrast, the children with autism only copied the useful actions - in a way, they are getting the job done more efficiently than the typical children."These results show us that copying unnecessary actions is a social phenomenon, it is not just about learning how to use objects," she said.
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