Scientists Reveal That Seeing Eye To Eye Is Key To Copying, With Implications For Autism Research

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
August 18, 2011
Abstract: 

In a study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, a team of scientists from the University's School of Psychology show that eye contact seems to act as an invitation for mimicry, triggering mechanisms in the frontal region of the brain that control imitation.

The results could be the first clues to understanding why some people, such as children with autism, struggle to grasp when they are expected to copy the actions of others in social situations.