Imitation of facial and manual gestures by human neonates.

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MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Meltzoff, A N; Moore, M K
Year of Publication: 1977
Journal: Science
Volume: 198
Issue: 4312
Pagination: 75-8
Date Published: 1977 Oct 7
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 0036-8075

Infants between 12 and 21 days of age can imitate both facial and manual gestures; this behavior cannot be explained in terms of either conditioning or innate releasing mechanisms. Such imitation implies that human neonates can equate their own unseen behaviors with gestures they see others perform.

DOI: 10.1126/science.198.4312.75
Alternate Journal: Science
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