oa South African Family Practice - The dance of the medical consultation : peripheralia

Volume 56, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



The doctor and the patient often start a consultation with different rhythms and conversational patterns, and then after a few minutes, they start to achieve a shared rhythm and common ground. The speech rates tend to equalise, and sometimes the hands and body movements may synchronise. It is part of the way in which we are hardwired to unconsciously mirror (called motor mimicry) the behaviour of other human beings.

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