Jerkies, tacos, and burgers: Subjective socioeconomic status and meat preference

  title={Jerkies, tacos, and burgers: Subjective socioeconomic status and meat preference},
  author={Eugene Y. Chan and Natalina Zlatevska},
In mankind's evolutionary past, those who consumed meat were strong and powerful and thus man saw meat as indicative of social status. This symbolic connection between meat and status persists today. Thus, based upon psychological theories of compensation, individuals low on subjective socioeconomic status (SES) should have a greater preference for meat, as meat may be substitutable for the status that they lack. Three experiments tested this premise. Participants who felt low on subjective SES… Expand
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