Human adaptations for the visual assessment of strength and fighting ability from the body and face

@article{Sell2008HumanAF,
  title={Human adaptations for the visual assessment of strength and fighting ability from the body and face},
  author={Aaron Sell and L. Cosmides and J. Tooby and Daniel Sznycer and Christopher R. von Rueden and M. Gurven},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={276},
  pages={575 - 584}
}
  • Aaron Sell, L. Cosmides, +3 authors M. Gurven
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • Selection in species with aggressive social interactions favours the evolution of cognitive mechanisms for assessing physical formidability (fighting ability or resource-holding potential). The ability to accurately assess formidability in conspecifics has been documented in a number of non-human species, but has not been demonstrated in humans. Here, we report tests supporting the hypothesis that the human cognitive architecture includes mechanisms that assess fighting ability—mechanisms that… CONTINUE READING
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