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  Minimal mimicry: Mere effector matching induces preference

Sparenberg, P., Topolinski, S., Springer, A., & Prinz, W. (2012). Minimal mimicry: Mere effector matching induces preference. Brain and Cognition, 80(3), 291-300. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2012.08.004.

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Sparenberg, Peggy1, Author              
Topolinski, Sascha2, Author
Springer, Anne1, 3, Author              
Prinz, Wolfgang1, Author              
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1Department Psychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634564              
2Department of Psychology II, Julius Maximilian University, Würzburg, Germany, ou_persistent22              
3Department of Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Potsdam, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Mimicry; Preference; Action-perception link; Common coding
 Abstract: 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.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 20112012-08-162012-09-282012-12
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2012.08.004
PMID: 23026816
Other: Epub 2012
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Title: Brain and Cognition
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Publ. Info: Orlando, Fla. : Academic Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 80 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 291 - 300 Identifier: ISSN: 0278-2626
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954922648105