The Chameleon Effect

A study done at the University of Canterbury in NZ has been researching:

… a phenomenon known as the chameleon effect, in which people subtly shift their body language and speech pattern to imitate others.

Voice teachers and other practitioners who work in a psychosomatic way are already aware of the connection between our bodies, our voices, and our interpersonal experiences. I’m interested in the cross-cultural implications of these types of findings. Does this happen just as much when two people meet from vastly different countries? Are there effective ways to train, for example, the international business sector, to do this respectfully and effectively?


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