Brain Games- Mirroring, Mimicry Yields Liking, and Automatic Imitation

Brain Games- Mirroring, Mimicry Yields Liking, and Automatic Imitation

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for this next experiment we're at the liberty science center these volunteers think they're here to take a brief survey but we're really here to see if people can emotionally connect with an avatar hello my name is al hi uh do you think it's possible for a computer to make friends could you be friends with an avatar do you consider yourself a fan of movies i'm a huge fan of movies yeah i'm considering myself a movie fan i do consider myself a fan of movies yes how often do you go to movies
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say at least uh once every three weeks for sure i would say i go to movie theaters maybe once or twice a month about what is your favorite movie jerry maguire i don't know something about it just makes me happy maybe it's my football days harry potter i like all seven of them thank you thanks while the participants engage with al it doesn't look like he made any real friends why do you think that is we're gonna bring our participants back in for another round of questions
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now we've made some adjustments to the software and created a slightly different avatar called bob hi my name is bob let's see how they react to bob think bob will do any better than al do you consider yourself a music fan i do listen to a lot of music huge music fan love all things about music if you could be the lead singer in any band what would it be if i was a lead singer i don't think the band would be very good i would totally have my own band i would i would low-key be like my own little
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rock star with my afro and make it a little bit current so everybody can just rock out dubstep two-step dougie you soulja boy whatever they do now thank you thanks you're welcome okay bye okay time to make a choice who do you prefer is al your pal or would bob get the job we bet you'd prefer bob so what is he up to why is bob such a charmer the answer might just blow your mind these people think they're here to take
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part in a simple survey how often do you go to movies but we really want to see if they can make friends with an avatar do you think it's possible first they met al do you consider yourself a fan of movies then it was bob's turn do you consider yourself a music fan so who would you rather be friends with al or bob we bet you found bob more appealing but let's see who our volunteers picked bob was a bit more outgoing in ours
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for sure i like bob better he kind of like showed emotion kind of like reaction to how i answered he laughed with me so that was fun to interact with him me and bob would have talked a lot longer than me and now it seems our volunteers are pretty convinced in a head-to-head matchup bob beats al but the big question is why well in case you haven't figured it out yet we'll let you in a little secret al and bob aren't different at all in fact they're both played by the same person
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this guy he's an actor playing both al and bob using state-of-the-art software called phase shift when our volunteers smiled so did bob and when they laughed he did too al on the other hand didn't copy their reactions at all in other words bob mimicked their responses and al didn't so why does everyone prefer bob to all here to explain why is professor of marketing jonah berger your brain is built to decode thousands
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of tiny verbal and non-verbal cues that occur whenever you communicate with someone else when these cues sync up between two people it's called mirroring so if someone imitates them they think they're more similar and if someone does something different they're less likely to like and so the mere fact that al didn't mimic our participant made them think al wasn't great but because bob did the same thing they were doing they start to like bob even more in other words you can make people like you more just by mirroring them and this also happens naturally whenever
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we come in contact with someone we genuinely like when two people really get along their breathing voice tempo and eye movements can also get in sync scientists call this unconscious response automatic imitation it gives new meaning to the old adage monkey see monkey do

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