Thank you so much for this. There’s a lot here which is fascinating. I’m particularly struck by your statement that the capacity to imitate others is the cornerstone of learning. Strange as it might seem, I hadn’t really considered that before! Also, of course, the inability to create mental scenery rings a bell with me. It’s good that we’re living in a time when a lot of potentially enlightening research is being done. And you’re absolutely right about the importance of listening to what people say about their difficulties.

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