While at the zoo, Herb had no idea that the chimpanzee in the habitat behind him was copying everything he did in a humorous display of mimetic behavior. The kids laughed behind their hands at the mimetic chimp’s exact representation of their father’s way of behaving. Then followed a game of mimetic, copycat jumps and nods between Herb and his mirror-image chimpanzee.
Quiz: When is an action mimetic?
- When it copies the movement or appearance of something else.
- When it mocks or makes fun of another person.
- When it is done secretly without another’s knowledge.