Human Brains Mimic Speech of Other People, Even Complete Strangers


A much viewed YouTube clip shows Steve McClaren, the former England manager, talking English but in a Dutch accent while managing Dutch side FC Twente.

People who interact with a person with a different accent subconsciously mimic their twang because they want to “empathise” with their conversation partner, psychologists claim.   American researchers have found human brains imitate the speech patterns of other people, even complete strangers, without meaning to.