Mimicry in social interaction: Benefits for mimickers, mimickees, and their interaction

Marielle Stel* (Corresponding Author), Roos Vonk

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    Mimicry has benefits for people in social interactions. However, evidence regarding the consequences of mimicry is incomplete. First, research on mimicry has particularly focused on effects of being mimicked. Secondly, on the side of the mimicker evidence is correlational or lacks real interaction data. The present study investigated effects for mimickers and mimickees in face-to-face interaction. Feelings towards the immediate interaction partner and the interaction in which mimicry takes place were measured after an interaction between two participants in which mimicry did or did not occur. Results revealed that mimickers and mimickees became more affectively attuned to each other due to bidirectional influences of mimicry. Additionally, both mimickers and mimickees reported more feelings of having bonded with each other and rated the interaction as smoother.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)311-323
    Number of pages13
    JournalBritish Journal of Psychology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


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