Formidability and alliance politics in humans and nonhuman species

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Abstract

Here an overview of the role of traits related to dominance in ‘alliance politics’ in other species and humans of diverse cultural backgrounds is presented. The importance of alliances from the point of view of evolutionary biology and the technology used to investigate the formation of preferences for other people based on minimal information such as their facial appearance is also presented. A research agenda for future work in this area outlining the importance of understanding how we might seek (or avoid) a dominant-looking individual as an ally then forms the foundation for two specific recommendations for further research. The use of new media presents novel challenges for how we evaluate politicians based on both first impression judgements and our own allegiances.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe facial displays of leaders
EditorsCarl Senior
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter2
Pages27-49
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783319945354
ISBN (Print)9783319945347, 3319945343
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2018

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Watkins, C. D. (2018). Formidability and alliance politics in humans and nonhuman species. In C. Senior (Ed.), The facial displays of leaders (pp. 27-49). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94535-4_2