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Imitation in Early Social and Cognitive Development

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Over the past 35 years, considerable research effort has been expended investigating neonatal imitation. The phenomenon is highly controversial, and the field currently offers several theories for the mechanism and function of neonatal imitation. In my talk, I will present data from a longitudinal study on neonatal imitation with 62 infants in the first six months of life. I will be discussing whether or not infants imitate, whether they can imitate a range of gestures or whether the phenomenon is restricted to the copying of tongue protrusion. Finally, I will discuss the implications of this study for the broader field of developmental psychology.

This talk is part of the Social Psychology Seminar Series (SPSS) series.

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