Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ch3: Social Cognitive Theory - Functions of Modeling

Pg. 85 Response Facilitation
"Chameleon effect, whereby people nonconsciously mimic behaviors and mannerisms of people in their social environments.

I sometimes notice that many children often go through fads, whether it be fashion, words they say, mannerism, then I notice that they are imitating pop artists or actresses/actors.  Could this be an example of the chameleon effect?


  1. Good point Nila. I believe it can be a example of the chameleon effect. If we really think about it, we often pick up words from people we hang out with alot and at the time we don't really notice it. Great explanation Nila!

  2. The “Chameleon Effect” is our desire to blend in whether it is with our environment or the people we surround ourselves with. I think this happens not only with family and between siblings but also when you get married or are together with someone for a long time. People tend to start imitating one another’s speech, attitudes, behaviors and physical expressions. It creates a bond between people. I have even read articles that the “Chameleon Effect” happens with dogs and their owners as they are empathetic to their owners and will exhibit a relaxed or excited personality behavior through the imitation of their owners.

  3. How interesting. The dog thing is funny, but it makes sense.