Selective attention to signs of success: social dominance and early stage interpersonal perception.

TitleSelective attention to signs of success: social dominance and early stage interpersonal perception.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
JournalPersonality & social psychology bulletin
Volume34
Issue4
Pagination488-501
ISSN0146-1672
Abstract

Results from two experiments suggest that observers selectively attend to male, but not female, targets displaying signs of social dominance. Participants overestimated the frequency of dominant men in rapidly presented stimulus arrays (Study 1) and visually fixated on dominant men in an eyetracking experiment (Study 2). When viewing female targets, participants attended to signs of physical attractiveness rather than social dominance. Findings fit with evolutionary models of mating, which imply that dominance and physical attractiveness sometimes tend to be prioritized preferentially in judgments of men versus women, respectively. Findings suggest that sex differences in human mating are observed not only at the level of overt mating preferences and choices but also at early stages of interpersonal perception. This research demonstrates the utility of examining early-in-the-stream social cognition through the functionalist lens of adaptive thinking.

URLhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146167207311910?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3dpubmed
DOI10.1177/0146167207311910
Short TitlePers Soc Psychol Bull
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