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Cortical and sub-cortical mechanisms at the core of imitation. / Williams, J H G; Whiten, Andrew; Waiter, G D; Pechey, S; Perrett, David Ian.

In: Social Neuroscience, Vol. 2, No. 1, 03.2007, p. 66-78.

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Williams, JHG, Whiten, A, Waiter, GD, Pechey, S & Perrett, DI 2007, 'Cortical and sub-cortical mechanisms at the core of imitation', Social Neuroscience, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 66-78. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470910701268059

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Williams, J. H. G., Whiten, A., Waiter, G. D., Pechey, S., & Perrett, D. I. (2007). Cortical and sub-cortical mechanisms at the core of imitation. Social Neuroscience, 2(1), 66-78. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470910701268059

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Williams JHG, Whiten A, Waiter GD, Pechey S, Perrett DI. Cortical and sub-cortical mechanisms at the core of imitation. Social Neuroscience. 2007 Mar;2(1):66-78. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470910701268059

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Williams, J H G ; Whiten, Andrew ; Waiter, G D ; Pechey, S ; Perrett, David Ian. / Cortical and sub-cortical mechanisms at the core of imitation. In: Social Neuroscience. 2007 ; Vol. 2, No. 1. pp. 66-78.

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