On September 24th, professor Andrew N. Meltzoff gave a lecture in the ”Culture and Health”-series "Neural mirroring mechanism, imitation and social cognition in infants and young children”.
Andrew N. Meltzoff is the Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. He published a ground-breaking paper in Science 1977, showing that newborn infants can imitate facial and manual gestures. This became a paradigm shift because it was earlier believed that the infant brain was a blank slate. He has continued to investigate neural mechanism underpinning imitation, empathy and gaze-following. More recently he and his wife, Patricia Kuhl, proposed a new science of learning that may transform educational practices (Science 325:284-8, 2009).