Humans subconsciously ‘mimic accents’

Psychologists claim that we subconsciously mimic the accent of someone we are speaking to.

The human brain has a habbit of imitating the speech patterns of other people without even meaning to in an effort to help bond and “empathise” with that person.

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.
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