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Wolfgang Prinz, Miriam Beisert, and Arvid Herwig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018555

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018555.001.0001

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Developmental Perspectives on Action Science: Lessons from Infant Imitation and Cognitive Neuroscience

Developmental Perspectives on Action Science: Lessons from Infant Imitation and Cognitive Neuroscience

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(p.280) (p.281) 11 Developmental Perspectives on Action Science: Lessons from Infant Imitation and Cognitive Neuroscience
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Action Science
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Andrew N. Meltzoff

Rebecca A. Williamson

Peter J. Marshall

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018555.003.0011

This chapter explores the significance of infant imitative activities and cognitive neuroscience for developing perspectives on action science. It deals with developmental perspectives associated with action science by emphasizing imitation, which has generated significant interest among researchers associated with different disciplines. Experts from different disciplines are working together to study imitation and cognitive neuroscience. The investigations focus on exploring small children’s ability to imitate others’ actions and demonstrate that such imitation involves significant control over cognitive functions and signals. Mechanisms involved in imitation are multi-directional, supporting imitative actions and acceptance of being imitated by others. The chapter also explores the process of imitation from the neuroscience perspective.

Keywords:   cognitive neuroscience, imitation, neuroscience perspective

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