The insufficiency of associative learning for explaining development: Three challenges to the associative account

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (2):193-194 (2014)

Abstract

Three challenges to the sufficiency of the associative account for explaining the development of mirror mechanisms are discussed: Genetic predispositions interact with associative learning, infants show predispositions to imitate human as opposed to nonhuman actions, and early and later learning involve different mechanisms. Legitimate objections to an extreme nativist account are raised, but the proposed solution is equally problematic.

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