The direct perception hypothesis: perceiving the intention of another’s action hinders its precise imitation


We argue that imitation is a learning response to unintelligible actions, especially to social conventions. Various strands of evidence are converging on this conclusion, but further progress has been hampered by an outdated theory of perceptual experience. Comparative psychology continues to be premised on the doctrine that humans and non-human primates… (More)
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00065

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