Psychological Distance and Imitation

Projektdetails

Beschreibung

Imitation of other people’s behavior is a central aspect in human social life. New tasks and complex behaviors can be learned by observation, and the actions of others can provide a social model for one’s own actions across many social situations. Interestingly, imitation occurs not only consciously but also unconsciously in form of mimicry of others. For all types of imitation, psychological distance from the imitated person may vary. The imitated person can be spatially near or distant (e.g., when one is learning a new task face-to-face versus by watching a more distant instruction film), or one may unconsciously mimic a temporally near or distant person (e.g., a person who appears in a new versus old movie). Social distance varies when imitating behavior of an in-group versus an out-group member. The proposed project is designed to investigate how different dimensions of psychological distance from an observed person influence imitation and mimicry. The understanding of how psychological distance affects imitation is important because distance from behavioral models varies in real life in many aspects.

psychological studies; experimental methods
StatusAbgeschlossen
Tatsächlicher Beginn/ -es Ende1/03/1329/02/16

Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige 2002

  • 5511 Sozialpsychologie

Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige 2012 (6-Steller)

  • 501021 Sozialpsychologie

Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige 2012

  • 501 Psychologie

Publikationen

The Snacking Chameleon: Psychological Proximity Increases Imitation of Food Intake Independently of Brand Choice

Bischoff, C., Reutner, L. & Hansen, J., 21 Feb 2020, in : Foods. 9, 2, 8 S., 228.

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Temporal Closeness Promotes Imitation of Meaningful Gestures in Face-to-Face Communication

Wessler, J. & Hansen, J., 1 Dez 2017, in : Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. 41, 4, S. 415-431 17 S.

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The effect of psychological distance on automatic goal contagion

Wessler, J. & Hansen, J., 1 Sep 2016, in : Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology. 1, 1-3, S. 51-85 35 S.

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Open Access