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J Soc Psychol. 2011 Jan-Feb;151(1):1-4. doi: 10.1080/00224540903366701.

Mimicry and helping behavior: an evaluation of mimicry on explicit helping request.

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Université Bretagne-Sud, UFR LSHS, Lorient, France. nicolas.gueguen@univ-ubs.fr

Abstract

Research found that mimicry behavior led to increased helping behavior toward the mimicker and is associated with higher positive evaluation of the mimicker. Furthermore, studies on helping behavior focused only on implicit helping behavior, whereas no experimental study on explicit helping request was tested. An experiment was carried out in which a female student-confederate mimicked or not mimicked a participant during a discussion about paintings and, after that, solicited the participant for a written feedback about an essay. It was found that mimicry increased compliance to the confederate's request.

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21375122
DOI:
10.1080/00224540903366701
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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