Early Imitation Within a Functional Framework: The Importance of Person Identity, Movement, and Development.

@article{Meltzoff1992EarlyIW,
  title={Early Imitation Within a Functional Framework: The Importance of Person Identity, Movement, and Development.},
  author={Andrew N. Meltzoff and Mackenzie R. Moore},
  journal={Infant behavior & development},
  year={1992},
  volume={15 4},
  pages={
          479-505
        }
}
Facial imitation was investigated in infants 6 weeks and 2 to 3 months of age. Three findings emerged: (a) early imitation did not vary as a function of familiarity with the model-infants imitated a stranger as well as their own mothers; (b) infants imitated both static facial postures and dynamic facial gestures; and (c) there was no disappearance of facial imitation in the 2- to 3-month age range, contrary to previous reports. Two broad theoretical points are developed. First, a proposal is… CONTINUE READING
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