Facial cues to perceived height influence leadership choices in simulated war and peace contexts.

Daniel E. Re*, Lisa M. DeBruine, Benedict C. Jones, David I. Perrett

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Abstract

Body size and other signs of physical prowess are associated with leadership hierarchies in many social species. Here we (1) assess whether facial cues associated with perceived height and masculinity have different effects on leadership judgments in simulated wartime and peacetime contexts and (2) test how facial cues associated with perceived height and masculinity influence dominance perceptions. Results indicate that cues associated with perceived height and masculinity in potential leaders. faces are valued more in a wartime (vs. peacetime) context. Furthermore, increasing cues of apparent height and masculinity in faces increased perceived dominance. Together, these findings suggest that facial cues of physical stature contribute to establishing leadership hierarchies in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-103
Number of pages15
JournalEvolutionary Psychology
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • masculinity
  • dominance
  • intergroup conflict
  • body size
  • face morphology
  • formant frequencies
  • Sexual-dimorphism
  • Voice pitch
  • Predicting elections
  • Physical strength
  • Voting decision
  • Faces predict
  • Appearance
  • Dominance
  • Men

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