The face of the chameleon: The experience of facial mimicry for the mimicker and the mimickee

Wojciech Kulesza , Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik , Robin R. Vallacher , Andrzej Nowak , Martyna Czekiel , Sylwia Bedyńska


This research addressed three questions concerning facial mimicry: (a) Does the relationship between mimicry and liking characterize all facial expressions, or is it limited to specific expressions? (b) Is the relationship between facial mimicry and liking symmetrical for the mimicker and the mimickee? (c) Does conscious mimicry have consequences for emotion recognition? A paradigm is introduced in which participants interact over a computer setup with a confederate whose prerecorded facial displays of emotion are synchronized with participants’ behavior to create the illusion of social interaction. In Experiment 1, the confederate did or did not mimic participants’ facial displays of various subsets of basic emotions. Mimicry promoted greater liking for the confederate regardless of which emotions were mimicked. Experiment 2 reversed these roles: participants were instructed to mimic or not to mimic the confederate’s facial displays. Mimicry did not affect liking for the confederate but it did impair emotion recognition.
Author Wojciech Kulesza (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
Wojciech Kulesza,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
, Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik (Wydział Psychologii)
Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Robin R. Vallacher
Robin R. Vallacher,,
, Andrzej Nowak (Wydział Psychologii)
Andrzej Nowak,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Martyna Czekiel
Martyna Czekiel,,
, Sylwia Bedyńska (Wydział Psychologii)
Sylwia Bedyńska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesJournal of Social Psychology, ISSN 0022-4545, (A 15 pkt)
Issue year2015
Publication size in sheets0.7
Keywords in Englishattitudes, attraction, impression formation, social interaction, social perception
ASJC Classification3207 Social Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2015 = 0.607; WoS Impact Factor: 2015 = 0.772 (2) - 2015=1.203 (5)
Citation count*30 (2020-05-09)
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