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.