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Lip-reading for everyone.

Prof Lawrence D Rosenblum has found that people who are not trained in lip-reading pick up visual clues from a speaker that allows them to ‘mimic’ the speaker’s way of talking.

Speech alignment is the tendency for people to unconsciously imitate one another’s speaking style.

Rosenblum and team found this occurred even when the speaker could only be seen and not heard, limiting the hearer to visual clues only.

According to Rosenblum “This unintentional imitation could serve as a social glue, helping us to affiliate and empathize with each other.”

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August 7, 2010 - Posted by | Brain, Lawrence D Rosenblum, Psychology, Science, Success

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