For non-reductionist sociologists, imitation may well be seen as less than exciting because it sounds so superficial. Imitation is learning an act from seeing it done (Rizzolatti 2005). During imitation the person transforms an observed action into an executed action that is similar, or identical, to the action observed (Rizzolatti 2005). I would suspect that some sociologists might see imitation as mere copying and disregard it as cognitively undemanding and even a childish form of behavior.

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