Imitation of lip kinetics while speaking
Most have probably heard the saying “monkey see, monkey do” But what about “monkey hear, monkey speak?” Studies with monkeys have demonstrated that imitation appears to be utilized in learning. The mirroring of mouth or arm gestures and sounds is often part of everyday life of humans, but also has a more complex relationship with our brain and movement. Imitation is a part of human development and facilitates cognitive advancement. It plays a role in the learning of languages. For example, in early states of language learning, children imitate lip gestures.