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The Influence of Facial Attractiveness on Imitation

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Leeuwen, Matthijs L. van; Veling, Harm; Baaren, Rick B. van; Dijksterhuis, Ap

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Abstract People judge, evaluate, and treat attractive people better than moderately attractive or unattractive people (Langlois et al., 2000). The fact that individuals like attractive people combined with the finding that individuals imitate the ones they like, suggests that they may be more prone to imitate attractive people. The present research extends previous work on attractiveness and imitation by examining this hypothesis. Using a novel coloring procedure, we show that attractive females are imitated more than unattractive females (Experiment 1) and that attractive males are imitated more than unattractive males (Experiment 2). Importantly, this imitation occurs without any direct or anticipated contact with the target individual and without awareness of the influence of attractiveness on imitation behavior.
Keywords imitation
Classification Social Psychology
Free Keywords attractiveness; creativity; unconscious
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 1295-1298
Journal Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45 (2009) 6
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2009.07.008
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)