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Turning the tide: A plea for cognitively lean interpretations of infant behaviour


Beisert, Miriam; Zmyj, Norbert; Daum, Moritz M (2017). Turning the tide: A plea for cognitively lean interpretations of infant behaviour. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40:e383.

Abstract

Keven & Akins (K&A) revisit the controversial subject of neonatal imitation through analysing the physiological foundations of neonatal spontaneous behaviour. Consequently, they regard imitative capacities in neonates as unlikely. We welcome this approach as an overdue encouragement to refuse cognitively rich interpretations as far as cognitively lean interpretations are conceivable, and apply this rationale to other phenomena in early childhood development.

Abstract

Keven & Akins (K&A) revisit the controversial subject of neonatal imitation through analysing the physiological foundations of neonatal spontaneous behaviour. Consequently, they regard imitative capacities in neonates as unlikely. We welcome this approach as an overdue encouragement to refuse cognitively rich interpretations as far as cognitively lean interpretations are conceivable, and apply this rationale to other phenomena in early childhood development.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
Life Sciences > Physiology
Life Sciences > Behavioral Neuroscience
Language:English
Date:1 January 2017
Deposited On:08 Oct 2018 13:30
Last Modified:28 Jul 2020 14:01
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0140-525X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/s0140525x16001849

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