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Improve Social Bonding With Social Interaction Psychology

By Kirsten Whittaker

In this new study of Social Interaction Psychology, aping the movements, expression and mannerisms of folks you meet appears to have good deal to do with encouraging social bonding.

New analysis suggests that the way to get others to like you is to ape their conduct.

Imitation appears to unknowingly remove barriers that encourage those who don’t know one another to turn out to be friends – the building blocks of societal groups according to the research authors.

The special set of experiments included watching the habits of monkeys playing with Whiffle balls.

This particular breed of monkeys was used because they’re a very friendly species that makes close interpersonal bonds. The monkeys did one of 3 actions when they had been provided the balls, either probed it with their hands, pounded it on a surface or placed it in their mouths.

Paired off with 2 researchers (each given wiffle balls) as every monkey played with theirs – one particular researcher copied the exact same motions with his whiffle ball as the monkey, the other researcher did something completely distinct.

Following the test, the monkeys persistently chose to devote time with the researcher who had copied them than with the one who had carried out a diverse motion.

Even when it came to carrying out a basic task, using a tiny trinket from the investigator’s hand and then giving it back for a food reward, the subject monkeys continued to choose the researcher who’d imitated them – routinely deciding on them to execute the task above the researcher who hadn’t copied.

This was interpreted by the analysis group to be a sign that the monkeys had an affiliation toward the imitator.

The research collaborators state that humans are known to copy the postures, mannerisms and gestures of people they come in contact with, even though the habit is believed to be largely unconscious on each side.

Neither side realizing that the mimicking is occuring, and finding themselves feeling affection for those people who mirror their conduct.

Previous study has revealed that people are far more likely to assist people who imitate them, and in the right circumstances give them a more generous tip.

This is of course interesting social interaction psychology, and seeing that monkeys are pre-disposed to bond with those people who imitate them, may add proof to the saying that imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery.

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Whittaker, Kirsten "Improve Social Bonding With Social Interaction Psychology." Improve Social Bonding With Social Interaction Psychology. 22 Jun. 2010. uberarticles.com. 4 Aug 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/news-and-society/improve-social-bonding-with-social-interaction-psychology/>.

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