It’s common for people to pick up on each other’s movements – scratching your head, crossing your legs – but we don’t copy everything like chameleons, according to a new study.
It says people only feel the urge to mimic each other when they have the same goal.
“This is the notion that when you’re having a conversation with somebody and you don’t care where your hands are, and the other person scratches their head, you scratch your head,” said Sasha Ondobaka of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. his kind of mimicry is well established, but Ondobaka and his colleagues suspected that what people mimic depends on their goals.
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