Vocal indicators of dominance

Watkins, Christopher D. and Pisanski, Katarzyna (2016) Vocal indicators of dominance. In: Shackelford, Todd K and Weekes-Shackelford, Viviana (eds.) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer International Publishing, pp. 1-6.

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Abstract

A variety of trait dimensions such as dominance are gauged from ‘thin-slice’ judgements of other individuals based on their physical characteristics. Inspired largely by theoretical models of same-sex competition (i.e., intrasexual selection) in nonhuman species, where the capacity to quickly assess another individual’s dominance has obvious benefits for reproductive fitness (Puts, 2010), research over many decades has explored the extent to which various acoustic properties within the voice denote dominance (see also Todorov et al., 2008 for discussion pertaining to facial dominance).

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: formidability; resource-holding potential; rank, status; bioacoustics
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Kasia Pisanski
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 09:08
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 09:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74438

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