Status and Power Do Not Modulate Automatic Imitation of Intransitive Hand Movements

Harry Farmer , Evan W Carr , Marita Svartdal , Piotr Winkielman , Antonia F de C Hamilton


The tendency to mimic the behaviour of others is affected by a variety of social factors, and it has been argued that such "mirroring" is often unconsciously deployed as a means of increasing affiliation during interpersonal interactions. However, the relationship between automatic motor imitation and status/power is currently unclear. This paper reports five experiments that investigated whether social status (Experiments 1, 2, and 3) or power (Experiments 4 and 5) had a moderating effect on automatic imitation (AI) in finger-movement tasks, using a series of different manipulations. Experiments 1 and 2 manipulated the social status of the observed person using an associative learning task. Experiment 3 manipulated social status via perceived competence at a simple computer game. Experiment 4 manipulated participants' power (relative to the actors) in a card-choosing task. Finally, Experiment 5 primed participants using a writing task, to induce the sense of being powerful or powerle
Author Harry Farmer
Harry Farmer,,
, Evan W Carr
Evan W Carr,,
, Marita Svartdal
Marita Svartdal,,
, Piotr Winkielman (Wydział Psychologii)
Piotr Winkielman,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Antonia F de C Hamilton
Antonia F de C Hamilton,,
Journal seriesPlos One, ISSN 1932-6203, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets1.5
Keywords in EnglishAutomatism*, Hierarchy, Social*, Imitative Behavior/*physiology, Psychomotor Performance/*physiology, Reaction Time/*physiology, Attention/physiology, Female, Fingers/physiology, Humans, Learning, Male, Task Performance and Analysis
ASJC Classification1100 General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; 1300 General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; 2700 General Medicine
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)40
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.101; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 2.806 (2) - 2016=3.394 (5)
Citation count*8 (2020-09-22)
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