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Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher
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Patrick Haggard

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231447.001.0001

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Automatic and strategic effects in human imitation

Automatic and strategic effects in human imitation

(p.510) (p.511) 23 Automatic and strategic effects in human imitation
Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher Cognition

Raffaella I. Rumiati

Tessari Alessia

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates some of the main issues related to automatic and strategic effect in human imitation. It aims to determine whether imitation is innate or is the outcome of a learning process, and whether it is uniquely human or is shared with other primates. It analyses the cerebral correlates of imitation of different action types and suggests that imitation of meaningful and meaningless actions is supported by common as well as by dedicated brain regions.

Keywords:   human imitation, learning process, primates, cerebral correlates, brain

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