Neonatal imitation and its sensorimotor mechanism

Simpson, E.A., Paukner, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3421-1864, Suomi, S.J. and Ferrari, P.F., 2015. Neonatal imitation and its sensorimotor mechanism. In: P. Francesco Ferrari and G. Rizzolatti, eds., New frontiers in mirror neurons research. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 296-314. ISBN 9780199686155

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In the present chapter, we propose that aspects of early social development—sensorimotor matching skills, social motivation, and temperament—may explain variability in neonatal imitation. We suggest that the presence of an action-perception mechanism at birth can be better understood by taking into account the complex interactions occurring during development between infants' social competences, in part a cause and consequence of their sensorimotor skills, and the effects of different experiences and environmental inputs on individual differences already present from birth (e.g., social interest temperament). We also present some findings and propose future directions aimed at testing these possibilities by examining individual differences related to imitative skill.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Simpson, E.A., Paukner, A., Suomi, S.J. and Ferrari, P.F.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: Oxford
Date: 2015
ISBN: 9780199686155
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 29 Mar 2021 16:14
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:05

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