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Does size matter? Relationship between height and dominance in humans

Donk, S.C. van (2011) Does size matter? Relationship between height and dominance in humans. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Dominance and dominance hierarchies are widespread in the animal kingdom. Animals would strive for dominance because of potentially increased reproductive success by for instance expelling competitors or access to females. Body size is an important determinant of dominance in animals. But what about body size or height and dominance in humans? In humans, indirect evidence suggest that height is related to dominance. For instance, height and social status are positively correlated. Studies investigating perceptions relating to height also found a positive relationship. People with higher status and dominant looking people were judged taller and vice versa taller people were perceived as more dominant. Studies examining the virtual manipulation of height pointing towards a positive height-dominance relationship. Finally, it seems that height is related to dominance relating behaviour. Although several indirect evidence is pointing towards a positive height-dominance relationship in humans, direct evidence is missing, making it an interesting area for future research.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:45
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:45
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/9572

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