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Siobhan Kennedy-Costantini & Mark Nielsen

In: The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences: Volume II: Origins of Personality and Individual Differences

Chapter 21: Exploring Potential Causes of Individual Differences in the Expression of Neonatal Imitation

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Exploring Potential Causes of Individual Differences in the Expression of Neonatal Imitation
Exploring Potential Causes of Individual Differences in the Expression of Neonatal Imitation
Siobhan Kennedy-Costantini Mark Nielsen

Human beings are social animals, with the importance we place on social connection being integral to our success as a species (Heerey, 2015; Lakin et al., 2003; Simpson et al., 2016). We learn many of our social and cognitive abilities by observing and copying what others do (Legare and Nielsen, 2015). As such, imitation plays a huge part in the way we learn, communicate, and engage with others in our social world. Indeed, some argue that the ability to imitate is present from birth (Meltzoff, 2007; Simpson et al., ...

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