The affiliative consequences of same-race and cross-race mimicry

Elizabeth A. Majka, Michael W. White, La Vaun A. Bowling, Rosa M. Garcia, Taylor L. Skinner, Kyle F. Bennett, Michael J. Bernstein, Jessica J. Sim

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Abstract

Few studies have replicated and extended the classic mimicry → liking effect. The present research sought to (a) replicate the affiliative consequences of mimicry; (b) test whether the affiliative consequences hold in a context where mimicry may not be normative (i.e., cross-race interactions); and (c) investigate how excluded individuals respond to same- versus cross-race mimicry and non-mimicry. Participants wrote about a control topic or social exclusion and then engaged in a brief laboratory interaction in which they were mimicked or not mimicked by a confederate who was either same-race or cross-race. Then they reported how much they liked the confederate. Within the control condition, the effect of mimicry on affiliation depended on the race of the confederate–but this pattern did not emerge for excluded individuals. The study was unable to conclusively replicate and extend previous findings. The authors make recommendations to promote a more cumulative science of behavioral mimicry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-612
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Volume160
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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