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A task in which a participant sees another person perform an action and later performs the same action him/herself. Imitation can be immediate or delayed. It can be instructed or elicited implicitly (without the participant's conscious awareness). The actions imitated can be familar/meaningful actions or unfamilar/meaningless actions.

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Phenotypes associated with action imitation task


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Experimental conditions are the subsets of an experiment that define the relevant experimental manipulation.


In the Cognitive Atlas, we define a contrast as any function over experimental conditions. The simplest contrast is the indicator value for a specific condition; more complex contrasts include linear or nonlinear functions of the indicator across different experimental conditions.


An indicator is a specific quantitative or qualitative variable that is recorded for analysis. These may include behavioral variables (such as response time, accuracy, or other measures of performance) or physiological variables (including genetics, psychophysiology, or brain imaging data).


Imitation of novel and well-known actions: the role of short-term memory.
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Experimental brain research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Experimentation cerebrale (Exp Brain Res)
2002 Feb

Imitating gestures. A quantitative approach to ideomotor apraxia.
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(Arch Neurol)
1980 Jan