The Chameleon Effect in Psychology: Definition & Example


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Which of the following is the best definition of the chameleon effect?

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1. Which of the following describes the first phase of Chartrand and Bargh's experiment?

2. Which of the following is a caveat of the chameleon effect?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Explore your understanding of the reasons for the chameleon effect and how psychologists conducted an experiment showing this type of behavior with this quiz and worksheet. You will be quizzed on topics such as phases in the experiment and what impacted the results of this experiment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment tool will help you measure your knowledge of:

  • The definition of the chameleon effect
  • Details about the first phase of the experiment conducted by Chartrand and Bargh
  • Caveats of the chameleon effect
  • How perspective taking and empathy impacted the results of the experiment
  • Ways in which the Chartrand/Bargh experiment differed from earlier psychological experiments in this area

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding what the chameleon effect is
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the link between empathy and specific results of the experiment
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast early experiments in social mimicking to the experiment conducted by Chartrand and Bargh
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the phases of the Chartrand/Bargh experiment

Additional Learning

You will get more information about this psychological phenomenon when you review the lesson titled The Chameleon Effect in Psychology: Definition & Example. The content of this lesson includes information about:

  • Why people might mirror the behavior of others
  • The chameleon effect as defined by psychologists Chartrand and Bargh
  • Aspects of the experiment conducted by Chartrand and Bargh that was designed to prove the chameleon effect
  • Why the psychologists included perspective taking and measurement of empathy in the experiment