Does mimicking others change your self-view?

Marleen Redeker*, Mariëlle Stel, Jessanne Mastop

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Does mimicking affect the way you think about yourself in relation to other people? In the present study, we instructed participants to either mimic or not mimic the expressions of their interaction partner. After a 3-minute interaction, participants' self-view in relation to others was measured. Results revealed that mimickers defined themselves more in relation to others than nonmimickers. Thus, mimicking others, compared to not mimicking others, changes your self-view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-390
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of social psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011


  • mimicry
  • nonverbal behavior
  • prosocial
  • self-construal


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