|Appears in Collections:||Psychology Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||'Eavesdropping' and perceived male dominance rank in humans|
|Author(s):||Jones, Benedict C|
DeBruine, Lisa M
Watkins, Christopher D
Feinberg, David R
|Citation:||Jones BC, DeBruine LM, Little A, Watkins CD & Feinberg DR (2011) 'Eavesdropping' and perceived male dominance rank in humans, Animal Behaviour, 81 (6), pp. 1203-1208.|
|Abstract:||Effects of social learning on mate preferences have been observed in a wide range of animal species, including humans. However, it is not known whether social learning also influences other important aspects of social perception in humans. We investigated whether ‘eavesdropping', a form of social learning whereby observers extract information about individuals' qualities by observing their interactions with others, influences men's perceptions of the dominance of potential rivals. We found that observing the responses of other individuals modulates the perceived dominance of aggressors. Observers rated aggressors' dominance higher when they had previously observed others responding to the aggressor in a fearful, intimidated manner than when they had observed others responding to the aggressor in an angry, aggressive manner. By contrast with this finding for rated dominance, observing identical interactions did not affect observers' perceptions of the trustworthiness of the aggressors. The effect of observing others' responses on the perceived dominance of aggressors demonstrates that eavesdropping influences perceptions of dominance rank among men, which would be adaptive if it reduces the costs (e.g. risk of serious injury and/or loss of resources) that may be associated with acquiring knowledge of others' dominance rank via exclusively self-reliant learning. While previous research on social learning and sexual selection has focused on intersexual interactions (i.e. mate choice copying effects), our findings suggest that eavesdropping may also influence sexual selection for male traits via intrasexual competition.|
|Rights:||The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.|
|Jones_11_eavesdropping_dom_AB.pdf||498.47 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Permanent Embargo Request a copy|
Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependent on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.
This item is protected by original copyright
Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.
If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact email@example.com providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.