"I explore the motivational consequences of being mimicked by others, in particular, how people conform
to the perceived goals and stereotyped expectancies of those who mimic them...
Consistent with social stereotypes about math performance, mimicry by a confederate worsened
women’s math performance yet boosted Asian-American men’s math performance.
We found that the decrement in female performance engendered by mimicry occurred primarily
among women who strongly believed in the existence of societal gender roles,
suggesting that mimicry increases sensitivity to the stereotyped expectancies that people believe are held by others.
Importantly, no participants reported any suspicion of being mimicked...
we are currently examining how people nonconsciously engage in “nose rubbing” to signal disliking or distaste of social stimuli...
In a related set of studies, we found that individuals who are nonverbally mimicked by an interaction partner
also tend to adopt that mimicker’s psychological states, personality traits, and goals.
In other words, behavioral mimicry by one interaction partner elicits psychological mimicry from the other"