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Infant orofacial movements: Inputs, if not outputs, of early imitative ability?

Citation
O'Sullivan E & Caldwell CA (2017) Infant orofacial movements: Inputs, if not outputs, of early imitative ability?. Commentary on: Keven, N., & Akins, K. (2017). Neonatal imitation in context: Sensorimotor development in the perinatal period. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40. doi:10.1017/S0140525X16000911. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, Art. No.: e398. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X16001953

Abstract
According to Keven & Akins (K&A), infant orofacial gestures may not reflect imitative responses. Here, we emphasise that these actions nonetheless represent a significant feature of the infant's early sensorimotor experience, and therefore may play a key role in the development of imitative capacities. We discuss how the ideas proposed in the target article could contribute substantially to experiential accounts of imitation.

Journal
Behavioral and Brain Sciences: Volume 40

StatusPublished
Author(s)O'Sullivan, Eoin; Caldwell, Christine Anna
Publication date31/12/2017
Publication date online13/12/2017
Date accepted by journal29/09/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/26386
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN0140-525X
Item discussedKeven, N., & Akins, K. (2017). Neonatal imitation in context: Sensorimotor development in the perinatal period. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40. doi:10.1017/S0140525X16000911
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