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Justin Williams
University of North Texas
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    Imitation, Mirror Neurons and Autism.Justin H. G. Williams, Andrew Whiten, Thomas Suddendorf & David I. Perrett - unknown
    Various deficits in the cognitive functioning of people with autism have been documented in recent years but these provide only partial explanations for the condition. We focus instead on an imitative disturbance involving difficulties both in copying actions and in inhibiting more stereotyped mimicking, such as echolalia. A candidate for the neural basis of this disturbance may be found in a recently discovered class of neurons in frontal cortex, 'mirror neurons' (MNs). These neurons show activity in relation both to specific (...)
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    Autistic Traits Predict Underestimation of Emotional Abilities.Charlotte F. Huggins, Isobel M. Cameron & Justin H. G. Williams - forthcoming - Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
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    Different Aspects of Emotional Awareness in Relation to Motor Cognition and Autism Traits.Charlotte F. Huggins, Isobel M. Cameron & Justin H. G. Williams - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 10.
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  4. Editorial: Dynamic Emotional Communication.Wataru Sato, Eva G. Krumhuber, Tjeerd Jellema & Justin H. G. Williams - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 10.
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    Imitation and the Effort of Learning.Justin H. G. Williams - 2008 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (1):40-41.
    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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    Language is Fundamentally a Social Affair.Justin H. G. Williams - 2005 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (2):146-147.
    Perhaps the greatest evolutionary advantage conferred by spoken language was its ability to communicate mentalistic concepts, rather than just extending the vocabulary of action already served by an imitation function. An appreciation that the mirror-neuron system served a simple mentalising function before gestural communication sets Arbib's theory in a more appropriate social cognitive context.
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