Automatic imitation.

  title={Automatic imitation.},
  author={Cecilia Heyes},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  volume={137 3},
  • C. Heyes
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Psychological bulletin
"Automatic imitation" is a type of stimulus-response compatibility effect in which the topographical features of task-irrelevant action stimuli facilitate similar, and interfere with dissimilar, responses. This article reviews behavioral, neurophysiological, and neuroimaging research on automatic imitation, asking in what sense it is "automatic" and whether it is "imitation." This body of research reveals that automatic imitation is a covert form of imitation, distinct from spatial… 

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