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Imitation functions as a more efficient method of social learning than other methods such as conditioning and trial-and-error learning. At its lowest level, imitation functions as a means to adapt to a changing environment, and a means to survive, as seen in the physical mimicry in Viceroy butterflies. However, I do believe that many animals do possess a higher form of imitative ability, since it takes higher cognitive functions like coordination to match the behavior of a demonstrator, and in some cases, have the ability to understand the intention behind the behavior. Different levels of imitation can be seen in many species, from invertebrates like octopi and stretching to higher levels of imitation in species such as dogs, birds, chimpanzees, dolphins, and others. While some imitation, like that seen in the species Octopus vulgaris in the Fiorito and Scotto study, can be explained by stimulus enhancement, there is still evidence in other species that true imitation is possible. Solid evidence for this true imitation phenomenon can be seen in the selective imitation in domestic dogs, shown in the study by Range, Viranyi, and Huber. Dogs learn through the observation of another dog to use the inefficient
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