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Judgments of dominance from the face track physical strength.

Authors
  • Toscano, Hugo
  • Schubert, Thomas W
  • Sell, Aaron N
Type
Published Article
Journal
Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Volume
12
Issue
1
Pages
1–18
Identifiers
PMID: 24558653
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

It is commonly assumed that judgments of dominance from faces partly rely on implicit judgments of bodily strength. In two studies, we demonstrate such a relation for both computer-generated and natural photos of male faces. We find support when aggregating data across participants, when analyzing with hierarchical models, and also when strength and dominance are judged by different raters. Moreover, we identify common predictors that underlie perceptions of both strength and dominance: brow height, eye length, chin length, and the widths of the nose and mouth.

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