By Sally J. Rogers PhD, Justin H. G. Williams MRCPsych

ISBN-10: 1593853114

ISBN-13: 9781593853112

From earliest infancy, a commonly constructing baby imitates or mirrors the facial expressions, postures and gestures, and emotional habit of others. the place does this capability come from, and what functionality does it serve? What occurs whilst imitation is impaired? Synthesizing state of the art study rising from various disciplines, this significant publication examines the function of imitation in either autism and regular improvement. themes contain the neural and evolutionary bases of imitation, its pivotal connections to language improvement and relationships, and the way early imitative deficits in autism may also help clarify the extra overt social and conversation difficulties of older little ones and adults.

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Furthermore, children’s novel imitation is important to study because reproduction of novels acts affords children the opportunity to incorporate the culturally meaningful behaviors, including the linguistic ones, of the adults around them into their performance repertories (Nelson, 1996; Tomasello, 1992). Under controlled conditions, novel versus familiar actions can be determined in advance and presented systematically (Masur, 1993; Meltzoff, 1988a). During naturally occurring interchanges, however, the identification of novel behaviors is more difficult, sometimes requiring such additional procedures as maternal interviews, which we have needed to employ (Masur & Eichorst, 2002).

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