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Monkeys Like Mimics

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Science  14 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5942, pp. 824-825
DOI: 10.1126/science.1178714

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Human adults routinely engage in unconscious (automatic) bodily mimicry of each other, and this has many positive social consequences: When others mimic us, we like them more, empathize with them more, and are more helpful and generous toward them (1). On page 880 in this issue, Paukner et al. (2) show that these social consequences of mimicry may have deeper evolutionary roots than previously thought.