There is no compelling evidence that human neonates imitate

Siobhan Kennedy-Costantini, Janine Oostenbroek, Thomas Suddendorf, Mark Nielsen, Jonathan Redshaw, Jacqueline Davis, Sally Clark, Virginia Slaughter

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorAcademic


Keven & Akins (K&A) propose that neonatal "imitation" is a function of newborns' spontaneous oral stereotypies and should be viewed within the context of normal aerodigestive development. Their proposal is in line with the result of our recent large longitudinal study that found no compelling evidence for neonatal imitation. Together, these works prompt reconsideration of the developmental origin of genuine imitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e392
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


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