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Individuals That Impose Costs

Redhead, Daniel J and Cheng, Joey and O'Gorman, Rick (2021) 'Individuals That Impose Costs.' In: Shackelford, Todd K and Weekes-Shackelford, Viviana A, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-19649-7

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Definition: In humans, individuals that impose costs are those who signal both an ability and a willingness to inflict harm upon others. Introduction: Traits that successfully signal an ability and willingness to impose costs comprise a dominance profile. Attaining social rank through dominance is reliant on an individual’s propensity to induce fear of psychological, material, and physical costs that the individual may impose upon their conspecifics (Buss and Duntley 2006; Chance 1967). Dominance has a deep phylogenetic legacy and likely persisted due to the prevalence of intergroup conflict throughout human prehistory that created a selection pressure for both physical and behavioral formidability (Manson and Wrangham 1991; Wrangham and Peterson 1996).

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2021 10:21
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2021 11:15

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