Sunday, 21 April 2013

shaven headed research by albert mannes

I'm interested in Psychology (everybody should be), and there was some research done last year, ( 'Shorn scalps and the perception of male dominance' )  at the University of  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia by Albert Mannes, PHD.
The abstract reading (from Sage Journals) states

Three studies contribute to the literature on dominance and nonverbal behavior (Ellyson & Dovidio, 1985) by examining how a man’s choice to shave his head influences person perception. In Study 1, men with shaved heads were rated as more dominant than similar men with full heads of hair. In Study 2, men whose hair was digitally removed were perceived as more dominant, taller, and stronger than their authentic selves. Study 3 extends these results with nonphotographic stimuli and demonstrates how men experiencing natural hair loss may improve their interpersonal standing by shaving. Theories of signaling, norm violation, and stereotypes are examined as explanations for the effect. Practical implications for men’s psychological, social, and economic outlooks are also discussed.

Basically, people will think you are more powerful, a leader and, as an added bonus, stronger.

Now call me an old cynic (not for the first time), but l have a sneaking feeling that Albert Mannes is using money to pursue his own specific interests, and the findings of the survey may well benefit him more than most.
My evidence?
I present a photograph of non other than Albert Mannes himself.

Thank you very much - l'll get my own coat.

toodle pip

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