Hyperimitation of Actions Is Related to Reduced Understanding of Others' Minds in Autism Spectrum Conditions

@article{Spengler2010HyperimitationOA,
  title={Hyperimitation of Actions Is Related to Reduced Understanding of Others' Minds in Autism Spectrum Conditions},
  author={S. Spengler and G. Bird and M. Brass},
  journal={Biological Psychiatry},
  year={2010},
  volume={68},
  pages={1148-1155}
}
BACKGROUND Anecdotal evidence has noted that individuals with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) frequently exhibit heightened spontaneous imitative behavior, with symptoms of echolalia and echopraxia. This is contrasted by empiric reports that ASC results in decreased imitation and an underlying deficit in the mirror system, leading to impaired social understanding. Thus, it remains unclear whether automatic imitation is enhanced in ASC and how this is related to poorer social abilities… Expand
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