When the Game Gets Difficult, then it is Time for Mimicry

  • Vijay Solanki
  • Alessandro VinciarelliEmail author
  • Jane Stuart-Smith
  • Rachel Smith
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 48)


The computing community shows significant interest for the detection of mimicry , one of the names designating the tendency of interacting people to converge towards common behavioural patterns. This work shows experiments where speaker verification techniques, originally designed to detect fraudulent attempts to imitate others, are used to automatically detect the phenomenon. Furthermore, the experiments show that mimicry tends to be more frequent when people deal with harder collaborative tasks, thus suggesting that one of the functions of the phenomenon is to make communication easier or more effective in case of difficulties.


Mimicry Social Signal Processing Mixtures of Gaussians 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vijay Solanki
    • 1
  • Alessandro Vinciarelli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jane Stuart-Smith
    • 1
  • Rachel Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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