Eliciting Imitation in Early Infancy

Andrew N. Meltzoff (Lead / Corresponding author), Lynne Murray, Elizabeth Simpson, Mikael Heimann, Emese Nagy, Jacqueline Nadel, Eric J. Pedersen, Rechele Brooks, Daniel S. Messinger, Leonardo De Pascalis, Francys Subiaul, Annika Paukner, Pier F. Ferrari

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We (Meltzoff et al., 2018) described how Oostenbroek et al.'s (2016) design likely dampened infant imitation. In their commentary, Oostenbroek et al. (in press) argue that our points are post hoc. It is important for readers to know that they are not. Our paper re‐stated “best practices” described in published papers. Based on the literature, the design used by Oostenbroek et al. (2016) would be predicted to dampen infant imitation.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12738
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalDevelopmental Science
Issue number2
Early online date6 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2019


  • Child Development
  • Humans
  • Imitative Behavior
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn


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