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‘Over-imitation’: a review and appraisal of a decade of research

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‘Over-imitation’ : a review and appraisal of a decade of research. / Hoehl, Stephanie; Keupp, Stefanie; Schleihauf, Hanna; McGuigan, Nicola; Buttelmann, David; Whiten, Andrew.

In: Developmental Review, Vol. 51, 03.2019, p. 90-108.

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Hoehl, S, Keupp, S, Schleihauf, H, McGuigan, N, Buttelmann, D & Whiten, A 2019, '‘Over-imitation’: a review and appraisal of a decade of research', Developmental Review, vol. 51, pp. 90-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dr.2018.12.002

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Hoehl, S., Keupp, S., Schleihauf, H., McGuigan, N., Buttelmann, D., & Whiten, A. (2019). ‘Over-imitation’: a review and appraisal of a decade of research. Developmental Review, 51, 90-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dr.2018.12.002

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Hoehl S, Keupp S, Schleihauf H, McGuigan N, Buttelmann D, Whiten A. ‘Over-imitation’: a review and appraisal of a decade of research. Developmental Review. 2019 Mar;51:90-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dr.2018.12.002

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Hoehl, Stephanie ; Keupp, Stefanie ; Schleihauf, Hanna ; McGuigan, Nicola ; Buttelmann, David ; Whiten, Andrew. / ‘Over-imitation’ : a review and appraisal of a decade of research. In: Developmental Review. 2019 ; Vol. 51. pp. 90-108.

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