Neonatal imitation and an epigenetic account of mirror neuron development

Elizabeth A. Simpson, Nathan A. Fox, Antonella Tramacere, Pier F. Ferrari

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Abstract

Neonatal imitation should not exclusively be considered at the population-level; instead, we propose that inconsistent findings regarding its occurrence result from important individual differences in imitative responses. We also highlight what we consider to be a false dichotomy of genetic versus learning accounts of the development of mirror neurons, and instead suggest a more parsimonious epigenetic perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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