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Automatic imitation in a strategic context: players of rock-paper-scissors imitate opponents' gestures.

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A compelling body of evidence indicates that observing a task-irrelevant action makes the execution of that action more likely. However, it remains unclear whether this 'automatic imitation' effect is indeed automatic or whether the imitative action is voluntary. The present study tested the automaticity of automatic imitation by asking whether it occurs in a strategic context where it reduces payoffs. Participants were required to play rock-paper-scissors, with the aim of achieving as many w...

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Publisher copy:
10.1098/rspb.2011.1024

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
279
Issue:
1729
Pages:
780-786
Publication date:
2012-02-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:c787b965-fabe-4899-892c-04e703e775de
Source identifiers:
272013
Local pid:
pubs:272013
Language:
English
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