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Is there evidence of a mirror system from birth?


  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00633.x

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    In the target article, Lepage and Théoret interpret the empirical evidence as suggesting that neonatal imitation begins to decline by 2 months of age. It is not clear how they reach this conclusion, especially because the developmental evidence presented by Fontaine (1984) clearly shows that imitation of orofacial gestures peaks at 2 months of age. Our interpretation suggesting that imitation peaks at 2 months and disappears at 5 months is based largely on the developmental results presented by Fontaine.

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