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Behavioral Mimicry as an Affiliative Response to Social Exclusion

Jessica L. Lakin and Tanya L. Chartrand

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Exclusion

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398700
Published online April 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398700.013.0025

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Behavioral Mimicry as an Affiliative Response to Social Exclusion

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The nonconscious behavioral mimicry and social exclusion literatures are merged to explore whether mimicking the behaviors of others could be a possible affiliative behavior that follows social exclusion. Behavioral mimicry has been linked to liking, affiliation, and the development of rapport, and typically operates outside of conscious awareness, making it an especially attractive way to recover from the negative effects of rejection. Data consistent with this argument are reviewed, and future directions for a fruitful continued merging of these literatures are discussed.

Keywords: affiliation; chameleon effect; exclusion; imitation; nonconscious behavioral mimicry; rejection

Article.  6261 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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