Humans ‘subconsciously mimic other accents’, psychologists claim

American researchers have found human brains imitate the speech patterns of other people, even complete strangers, without meaning to.
They say a humans want to “bond” with others, even when a voice cannot be heard or, somewhat embarrassingly, even if another person is a foreigner.

Scientists from the University of California, Riverside, found the subconscious copying of an accent comes from an inbuilt urge of the brain to “empathise and affiliate”.
Their findings, reported in the journal Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, concluded this happens when we cannot hear what is being said but are simply lip-reading.
“Humans are incessant imitators,” said Prof Lawrence Rosenblum, a psychologist who led the study:
“We intentionally imitate subtle aspects of each other’s mannerisms, postures and facial expressions.
“We also imitate each other’s speech patterns, including inflections, talking speed and speaking time.”
– News Story


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    Ammara said,

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh now that would actually make sense 🙂

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