Women Mimic Each Other at the Dinner Table

Study finds female strangers matched their bites while eating together.

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Trying to watch what you eat? Start dining with your most diet-conscious gal pals.

MyHealthNewsDaily reports that a new Dutch study looked at female strangers who were made to eat together and found they ate at pretty much the same pace.

“If we want to be liked, we imitate more, without being aware of it," Roel Hermans, study author from the Netherlands’ Radboud University Nijmegen, tells the news service. “In our study, two previously unknown women were interacting with each other, and it is possible that their motive to get along with each other, or their motivation to be liked, might have increased their likelihood of mimicry.”

Don’t you just love it? Women becoming friends over pasta and potatoes, one delicious bite at a time.

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First Published February 2, 2012

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