Imitation and the effort of learning

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (1):40-41 (2008)

Justin Williams
University of North Texas
Central to Hurley's argument is the position that imitation is and requires inhibition. The evidence for this is poor. Imitation is intentional, involves active comparison between self and other, and involves new learning to improve self-other likeness. Abnormal imitation behaviour may result from impaired learning rather than disinhibition. Mentalizing may be similarly effortful and dependent upon learning about others
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X07003329
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