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Minimal mimicry: Mere effector matching induces preference.
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PMID:  23026816     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Both mimicking and being mimicked induces preference for a target. The present experiments investigate the minimal sufficient conditions for this mimicry-preference link to occur. We argue that mere effector matching between one's own and the other person's movement is sufficient to induce preference, independent of which movement is actually performed. In Experiments 1 and 2, participants moved either their arms or legs, and watched avatars that moved either their arms or legs, respectively, without any instructions to mimic. The executed movements themselves and their pace were completely different between participants (fast circular movements) and targets (slow linear movements). Participants preferred avatars that moved the same body part as they did over avatars that moved a different body part. In Experiment 3, using human targets and differently paced movements, movement similarity was manipulated in addition to effector overlap (moving forward-backward or sideways with arms or legs, respectively). Only effector matching, but not movement matching, influenced preference ratings. These findings suggest that mere effector overlap is sufficient to trigger preference by mimicry.
Peggy Sparenberg; Sascha Topolinski; Anne Springer; Wolfgang Prinz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brain and cognition     Volume:  80     ISSN:  1090-2147     ISO Abbreviation:  Brain Cogn     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8218014     Medline TA:  Brain Cogn     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  291-300     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany. Electronic address:
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