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Perspectives on Imitation: Volume 2 : From Neuroscience to Social Science - Volume 2: Imitation, Human Development, and Culture - Susan Hurley

Perspectives on Imitation: Volume 2

From Neuroscience to Social Science - Volume 2: Imitation, Human Development, and Culture

Hardcover Published: 18th February 2005
ISBN: 9780262083362
Number Of Pages: 562
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Imitation is not the low-level, cognitively undemanding behavior it is often assumed to be, but rather -- along with language and the ability to understand other minds -- one of a trio of related capacities that are fundamental to human mentality. In these landmark volumes, leading researchers across a range of disciplines provide a state-of-the-art view of imitation, integrating the latest findings and theories with reviews of seminal work, and revealing why imitation is a topic of such intense current scientific interest. Perspectives are drawn from neuroscience and brain imaging, animal and developmental psychology, primatology, ethology, philosophy, anthropology, media studies, economics, sociology, education, and law. These volumes provide a resource that makes this research accessible across disciplines and clarifies its importance for the social sciences and philosophy as well as for the cognitive sciences. As a further aid to cross-fertilization, each volume includes extensive interdisciplinary commentary and discussion.The first volume considers possible mechanisms of imitation, including discussion of mirror systems, ideomotor and common coding theories, and the possibility of "shared circuits" for control, imitation, and simulation, and then takes up imitation in animals, with illuminating comparisons to human imitation. The second volume focuses first on the roles of imitation in human development and in learning to understand the minds of others, and then on the broader social and cultural roles and functions of imitation, including discussions of meme theory and cultural evolution, and of the pervasive imitative tendencies of normal adults and their relevance for understanding the effects of the media on human behavior.

"Here we encounter the very best of thinking, evidence, and debate on imitation (and beyond) from the very best of philosophers, scientists, and proponents of contrasting perspectives. It's brilliant and it's fun."--R. Peter Hobson, Tavistock Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of London, and author of *The Cradle of Thought* "Philosophers have argued for centuries about the existence of free will. In this exciting book Daniel Wegner presents the facts about our experience of controlling our own actions. He persuasively argues that our experience of will is an illusion, but that this illusion is crucial for our concepts of morality and personal responsibility. This book should be read by anyone with an interest in how the mind works."--Chris Frith, Institute of Neurology, University College London

Contents of Volume 1p. ix
Introduction: The Importance of Imitationp. 1
Imitation and Human Development
Imitation and Other Minds: The "Like Me" Hypothesisp. 55
Imitation, Mind Reading, and Simulationp. 79
Intentional Agents Like Myselfp. 95
No Compelling Evidence to Dispute Piaget's Timetable of the Development of Representational Imitation in Infancyp. 107
Intention Reading and Imitative Learningp. 133
On Learning What Not to Do: The Emergence of Selective Imitation in Tool Use by Young Childrenp. 149
Imitation as Entrainment: Brain Mechanisms and Social Consequencesp. 163
Commentary and Discussion on Imitation and Human Developmentp. 173
Imitation and Culture
Why We Are Social Animals: The High Road to Imitation as Social Gluep. 207
Deceptive Mimicry in Humansp. 221
What Effects Does the Treatment of Violence in the Mass Media Have on People's Conduct? A Controversy Reconsideredp. 243
Imitation and the Effects of Observing Media Violence on Behaviorp. 257
Imitation and Moral Developmentp. 267
Imitation and Mimesisp. 283
Imitation and Rationalityp. 301
Common Misunderstandings of Memes (and Genes): The Promise and the Limits of the Genetic Analogy to Cultural Transmission Processesp. 317
Goals versus Memes: Explanation in the Theory of Cultural Evolutionp. 339
Mendelian and Darwinian Views of Memes and Cultural Changep. 355
Commentary and Discussion on Imitation and Culturep. 363
Bibliography for Volumes 1 and 2p. 413
Contributors to Volumes 1 and 2p. 487
Index to Volume 1p. 491
Index to Volume 2p. 519
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ISBN: 9780262083362
ISBN-10: 0262083361
Series: A Bradford Book : Book 2
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 562
Published: 18th February 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.89