Effects of Mimicry on the Elicitation of Stereotype Consistent Behavior

Master thesis Project 2 (max 2 students)

Effects of Mimicry on the Elicitation of Stereotype Consistent Behavior

When observing others, people spontaneously mimic others’ behaviors. Furthermore, people are often automatically categorized into groups on the basis of their appearances and/or behaviors or are already perceived as belonging to a certain category (for instance, by their occupation or social role). Since mimicking a person belonging to a specific category might activate this category more strongly, it is conceivable that the observer’s behavior may be influenced accordingly. In this project it will be investigated whether mimicking a person who belongs to a specific category elicits behavior in the mimicker that is in line with this category (i.e., perform better on a knowledge test after having mimicked a professor).

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Information

Are you interested in this topic for your thesis? Please contact the theme coordinator Sven Zebel (s.zebel@utwente.nl)