Evolutionary Foundation and Development of Imitation

  • Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi


Although imitating actions is a familiar daily human experience, the mechanisms underlying imitation involve complex cognitive operations. We transform visual information into matching motor movements. Why have humans evolved this critical ability?.


Facial Gesture Motor Pattern Human Infant Wild Chimpanzee Infant Chimpanzee 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi
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  1. 1.Department of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Primate Research InstituteKyoto UniversityAichiJapan

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