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Action ScienceFoundations of an Emerging Discipline$
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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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Imitation: Associative and Context Dependent

Imitation: Associative and Context Dependent

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Action Science

Cecilia Heyes

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This chapter focuses on exploring automatic or effortless imitation, as this phenomenon has emerged as the main basis of action science investigations. A specific focus on automatic imitation has made it possible to study the main mechanisms involved in imitation along with related cognitive processes, which solve the ”correspondence problem.” These processes help to solidify an idea of an action that will be converted to another similar action where the observer’s body parts move in a similar manner, imitating the model’s motor functions. The evidence related to automatic imitation is derived from investigations that are conducted using a particular type of stimulus-response compatibility technique where the stimulus includes images of the actions involved in the response set.

Keywords:   automatic imitation, action science, cognitive processes, motor functions, response set

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