Genschow, Oliver, van den Bossche, Sofie, Cracco, Emiel ORCID: 0000-0003-4043-5992, Bardi, Lara ORCID: 0000-0002-1678-647X, Rigoni, Davide and Brass, Marcel (2017). Mimicry and automatic imitation are not correlated. PLoS One, 12 (9). SAN FRANCISCO: PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

It is widely known that individuals have a tendency to imitate each other. However, different psychological disciplines assess imitation in different manners. While social psychologists assess mimicry by means of action observation, cognitive psychologists assess automatic imitation with reaction time based measures on a trial-by-trial basis. Although these methods differ in crucial methodological aspects, both phenomena are assumed to rely on similar underlying mechanisms. This raises the fundamental question whether mimicry and automatic imitation are actually correlated. In the present research we assessed both phenomena and did not find a meaningful correlation. Moreover, personality traits such as empathy, autism traits, and traits related to self-versus other-focus did not correlate with mimicry or automatic imitation either. Theoretical implications are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Genschow, OliverUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
van den Bossche, SofieUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cracco, EmielUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0003-4043-5992UNSPECIFIED
Bardi, LaraUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-1678-647XUNSPECIFIED
Rigoni, DavideUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brass, MarcelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-217981
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183784
Journal or Publication Title: PLoS One
Volume: 12
Number: 9
Date: 2017
Publisher: PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
Place of Publication: SAN FRANCISCO
ISSN: 1932-6203
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
SPECTRUM QUOTIENT AQ; REGULATORY FOCUS; BEHAVIORAL CONSEQUENCES; PERSPECTIVE-TAKING; PRIORI LIKING; AUTISM; MOTOR; MOVEMENT; CHAMELEON; VALIDITYMultiple languages
Multidisciplinary SciencesMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/21798

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