Implicit behavioral mimicry

Investigating the impact of group membership

Yanelia Yabar, Lucy Johnston, Lynden Miles, Victoria Peace

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Abstract

Two experiments investigated the impact of group membership on non-conscious behavioral mimicry. Female participants viewed videotapes of female confederates who rubbed their faces whilst describing a picture. The extent to which the participant mimicked this face rubbing behavior was assessed from video footage taken using a hidden video-camera. Experiment 1 showed greater mimicry of a member of an in-group than of a member of an out-group. Experiment 2 showed both explicit and implicit liking of a target group to predict the extent of mimicry of a member of that group. There was a positive relationship between implicit liking and mimicry but a negative relationship between explicit liking and mimicry. Results are discussed in terms of processes underlying mimicry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-113
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Nonverbal Behavior
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • inter-group behavior
  • mimicry
  • emotional facial expressions
  • association test
  • attitudes
  • rapport
  • stereotypes
  • affiliation
  • prejudice
  • chameleon
  • self
  • consequences

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Implicit behavioral mimicry : Investigating the impact of group membership. / Yabar, Yanelia; Johnston, Lucy; Miles, Lynden; Peace, Victoria.

In: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2006, p. 97-113.

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Yabar, Yanelia ; Johnston, Lucy ; Miles, Lynden ; Peace, Victoria. / Implicit behavioral mimicry : Investigating the impact of group membership. In: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. 2006 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 97-113.
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