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Title: Physical strength as a cue to dominance: a data-driven approach
Authors: Toscano, H.
Schubert, T. W.
Dotsch, R.
Falvello, V.
Todorov, A.
Keywords: Face perception
Physical strength
Data-driven methods
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract: We investigate both similarities and differences between dominance and strength judgments using a data-driven approach. First, we created statistical face shape models of judgments of both dominance and physical strength. The resulting faces representing dominance and strength were highly similar, and participants were at chance in discriminating faces generated by the two models. Second, although the models are highly correlated, it is possible to create a model that captures their differences. This model generates faces that vary from dominant-yet-physically weak to nondominant-yet-physically strong. Participants were able to identify the difference in strength between the physically strong-yet-nondominant faces and the physically weak-yet-dominant faces. However, this was not the case for identifying dominance. These results suggest that representations of social dominance and physical strength are highly similar, and that strength is used as a cue for dominance more than dominance is used as a cue for strength.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1177/0146167216666266
ISSN: 0146-1672
Accession number: WOS:000389201200001
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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