Reports

Imitation of facial and manual gestures by human neonates

Science  07 Oct 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4312, pp. 74-78
DOI: 10.1126/science.897687

Abstract

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.

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