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Observation, Imitation and Autism

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A recent research study looked closely at action observation, imitation, and autism. The study wanted to explore how neurologically, motor impairments contribute to the deficits and unique neural signatures of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Precognitive embodied simulation is the ability to understand other people’s actions and intentions and implicitly map other’s actions onto one’s own motor representations, and then pre‐cognitively “simulate” others. Previous research indicates that a disruption in precognitive embodied simulation may be related to the social deficits observed in autism spectrum disorder.

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