Beyond neonatal imitation: Aerodigestive stereotypies, speech development, and social interaction in the extended perinatal period

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40 (2017)
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In our target article, we argued that the positive results of neonatal imitation are likely to be by-products of normal aerodigestive development. Our hypothesis elicited various responses on the role of social interaction in infancy, the methodological issues about imitation experiments, and the relation between the aerodigestive theory and the development of speech. Here we respond to the commentaries.



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Kathleen Akins
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