The Mimicry Among Us: Intra‑ and Inter‑Personal Mechanisms of Spontaneous Mimicry

Andrew J. Arnold , Piotr Winkielman


This review explores spontaneous mimicry in the context of three questions. The first question concerns the role of spontaneous mimicry in processing conceptual information. The second question concerns the debate whether spontaneous mimicry is driven by simple associative processes or reflects higher-order processes such as goals, intentions, and social context. The third question addresses the implications of these debates for understanding atypical individuals and states. We review relevant literature and argue for a dynamic, context-sensitive role of spontaneous mimicry in social cognition and behavior. We highlight how the modulation of mimicry is often adaptive but also point out some cases of maladaptive modulations that impair an individuals’ engagement in social life.
Author Andrew J. Arnold
Andrew J. Arnold,,
, Piotr Winkielman (Wydział Psychologii w Warszawie)
Piotr Winkielman,,
- Wydział Psychologii w Warszawie
Journal seriesJournal of Nonverbal Behavior, ISSN 0191-5886, e-ISSN 1573-3653, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.85
ASJC Classification3207 Social Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.023; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.595 (2) - 2017=2.045 (5)
Citation count*14 (2021-03-03)
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