Imitation, understanding of intengionality and joint attention in autism spectrum disorders: mutual connections and the role of the mirror neuron system

01 January 2007 → 31 December 2011
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Clinical and counseling psychology
    • Developmental psychology and ageing
    • Other psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Nursing
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
intentionality autism spectrum disorder imitation mirror neurons
Project description

Imitation, understanding of intentionality and joint attention are early deficits in autism spectrum disorders, and have also been linked to the mirror neuron system. The current research investigates possible malfunctions of the mirror neuron system in young children with autism spectrum disorder, and the relation to their problems in imitation, understanding of intentionality and joint attention.