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The Influence of Facial Attractiveness on Imitation


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.
Thesaurusschlagwörter imitation
Klassifikation Sozialpsychologie
Freie Schlagwörter attractiveness; creativity; unconscious
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2009
Seitenangabe S. 1295-1298
Zeitschriftentitel Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45 (2009) 6
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2009.07.008
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)