Weapons Make the Man (Larger): Formidability Is Represented as Size and Strength in Humans

@inproceedings{Fessler2012WeaponsMT,
  title={Weapons Make the Man (Larger): Formidability Is Represented as Size and Strength in Humans},
  author={Daniel M T Fessler and Colin Holbrook and Jeffrey K. Snyder},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
In order to determine how to act in situations of potential agonistic conflict, individuals must assess multiple features of a prospective foe that contribute to the foe's resource-holding potential, or formidability. Across diverse species, physical size and strength are key determinants of formidability, and the same is often true for humans. However, in… CONTINUE READING