Imitation and the effort of learning

Justin H. G. Williams

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Central to Hurley's argument is the position that imitation is "automatic" and requires inhibition. The evidence for this is poor. Imitation is intentional, involves active comparison between self and other and involves new learning to improve self-other likeness. Abnormal imitation behaviour may result from impaired learning rather than disinhibition. Mentalizing may be similarly effortful and dependent upon learning about others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-41
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008


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