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The Imitative Mind
Development, Evolution and Brain Bases

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Cognitive and Perceptual Development

Wolfgang Prinz, Andrew N. Meltzoff, Jacqueline Nadel, Jens B. Asendorpf, Mikael Heimann, Philippe Rochat, A. Whiten, Richard W. Byrne, Harold Bekkering, Merideth Gattis, Andreas Wolschläger, Stefan Vogt, Barbara Tversky, Julie Bauer Morrison, Jeff Zacks, Catherine L. Reed, Giacomo Rizzolatti, Luciano Fadiga, Leonardo Fogassi, Vittorio Gallese, T. Jellema, C. I. Baker, M. W. Oram, D. I. Perrett, Jean Decety, Marcel Kinsbourne, Georg Goldenberg, Joachim Hermsdörfer
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  • Date Published: September 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107403277

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  • Imitation guides the behaviour of a range of species. Scientific advances in the study of imitation at multiple levels from neurons to behaviour have far-reaching implications for cognitive science, neuroscience, and evolutionary and developmental psychology. This volume, first published in 2002, provides a summary of the research on imitation in both Europe and America, including work on infants, adults, and nonhuman primates, with speculations about robotics. A special feature of the book is that it provides a concrete instance of the links between developmental psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science. It showcases how an interdisciplinary approach to imitation can illuminate long-standing problems in the brain sciences, including consciousness, self, perception-action coding, theory of mind, and intersubjectivity. The book addresses what it means to be human and how we get that way.

    • Interdisciplinary research, including developmental, evolutionary, comparative, cognitive, and neuroscience perspectives
    • International perspective - researchers drawn from around the world to set the future research agenda
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    Review of the hardback: 'Most of the book's merit is in the chapters themselves, most of which are skillfully written such that their relevance goes beyond the limits of the discipline at hand and illuminates issues relevant to neighboring disciplines as well. The two editors are leading figures in the fields of developmental and experimental psychology, and their respective research contributions blend well conceptually.' Nature Neuroscience

    Review of the hardback: 'Despite the variety of disciplines and viewpoints represented, the editors, Meltzoff and Prinz, were able to foster a strong sense of coherency by encouraging the authors to make strategic cross-references to each other's papers. Without exception the essays are rich in empirical data. Experiments are viewed, and in a few cases previously unpublished experiments are discussed.' Infant and Child Development

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    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107403277
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction and Overview:
    1. An interdisciplinary introduction to the imitative mind and brain Wolfgang Prinz and Andrew N. Meltzoff
    Part II. Developmental and Evolutionary Approaches to Imitation:
    2. Building blocks for a developmental theory of imitation Andrew N. Meltzoff
    3. Imitation and imitation recognition: functional use in preverbal infants and nonverbal children with autism Jacqueline Nadel
    4. Self-awareness, other-awareness, and secondary representation Jens B. Asendorpf
    5. Notes on individual differences and the assumed elusiveness of neonatal imitation Mikael Heimann
    6. Ego function of early imitation Philippe Rochat
    7. The imitator's representation of the imitated: ape and child A. Whiten
    8. Seeing actions as hierarchically organised structures: great ape manual skills Richard W. Byrne
    Part III. Cognitive Approaches to Imitation, Body Scheme, and Perception-action Coding:
    9. Experimental approaches to imitation Wolfgang Prinz
    10. Imitation: common mechanisms in the observation and execution of finger and mouth movements Harold Bekkering
    11. Goal-directed imitation Merideth Gattis, Harold Bekkering and Andreas Wolschläger
    12. Visuomotor couplings in object-orientated and imitative actions Stefan Vogt
    13. On bodies and events Barbara Tversky, Julie Bauer Morrison and Jeff Zacks
    14. What is the body schema? Catherine L. Reed
    Part IV. Neuroscience Underpinnings of Imitation and Apraxia:
    15. From mirror neurons to imitation: facts and speculations Giacomo Rizzolatti, Luciano Fadiga, Leonardo Fogassi and Vittorio Gallese
    16. Cell populations in the banks of the superior temporal sulcus of the macaque and imitation T. Jellema, C. I. Baker, M. W. Oram and D. I. Perrett
    17. Is there such a thing as a functional equivalence between imagined, observed, and executed action? Jean Decety
    18. The role of imitation in body ownership and mental growth Marcel Kinsbourne
    19. Imitation, apraxia, and hemisphere dominance Georg Goldenberg and Joachim Hermsdörfer.

  • Editors

    Andrew N. Meltzoff, University of Washington

    Wolfgang Prinz, Max-Planck-Institut für psychologische Forschung, Germany

    Contributors

    Wolfgang Prinz, Andrew N. Meltzoff, Jacqueline Nadel, Jens B. Asendorpf, Mikael Heimann, Philippe Rochat, A. Whiten, Richard W. Byrne, Harold Bekkering, Merideth Gattis, Andreas Wolschläger, Stefan Vogt, Barbara Tversky, Julie Bauer Morrison, Jeff Zacks, Catherine L. Reed, Giacomo Rizzolatti, Luciano Fadiga, Leonardo Fogassi, Vittorio Gallese, T. Jellema, C. I. Baker, M. W. Oram, D. I. Perrett, Jean Decety, Marcel Kinsbourne, Georg Goldenberg, Joachim Hermsdörfer

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