How Imitation boosts Development: In infants and in children with ASD

Paperback | August 31, 2014

byJacqueline Nadel

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It was Plato who famously stated that "imitation is dangerous because it stifles creativity, hampers the development of personal identity and disrupts the perception of other people as unique beings". There are some who still feel this way, and perhaps this explains why imitation has receivedless attention within the developmental literature than other human characteristics. So why are humans able to imitate - from the very second they enter the world? Can it have positive effects? Can it help us interact with others better? Can it even make us feel better about ourselves and ourability to influence and interact with the world around us?In this book, a leading development psychologist explores the topic of imitation - looking at why we imitate and the possible benefits it might bring - in particular to those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. The book offers fascinating insights into an often neglected topic.

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It was Plato who famously stated that "imitation is dangerous because it stifles creativity, hampers the development of personal identity and disrupts the perception of other people as unique beings". There are some who still feel this way, and perhaps this explains why imitation has receivedless attention within the developmental lite...

Jacqueline Nadel is Research Director at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France. Eleanor Corbett is a student at Oxford University, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:August 31, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198704003

ISBN - 13:9780198704003

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List of illustrations1. Introduction: Imitation: the black sheep in the study of development2. A little reminder3. What imitation means4. Imitation and development5. What is imitation for?6. What imitation can do for the infant7. What can imitation do for children with autism?8. The toolbox of imitation9. Evaluating imitation in autism10. Imitation - the overseer of development11. Conclusion: Imitation: a contribution to an individual history of actionsGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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