Who is Ann Althouse? I can see skeptical, but why disgusted? Yes, it is ridiculous, but IMHO nothing to get worked up about. The study apparently assumed what constitutes a "dominant face" and a "submissive face," No it did no such thing.
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Facial Features Predict Success in the Military. | Psychology Today
For a cohort of military officers, graduates of the class of of the United States Military Academy at West Point, dominant feudal appearance was a consistent and important predictor of rank attainment at the academy and, for those who graduated from staff college, a predictor of high final rank. For men performing below the average, however, dominant facial appearance was a handicap for promotion. High rank came with high fitness. Thus, facial dominance can be an evolutionarily stable honest signal of dominant behavior, a crucial dimension of the potential for high status in a male dominance hierarchy.
Catharines, Ont. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Facial characteristics are an important basis for judgements about gender, emotion, personality, motivational states and behavioural dispositions. Based on a recent finding of a sexual dimorphism in facial metrics that is independent of body size, we conducted three studies to examine the extent to which individual differences in the facial width-to-height ratio were associated with trait dominance using a questionnaire and aggression during a behavioural task and in a naturalistic setting varsity and professional ice hockey. In study 1, men had a larger facial width-to-height ratio, higher scores of trait dominance, and were more reactively aggressive compared with women.
With improved methods of data collection and analysis, we show that cadets' facial dominance, while still unrelated to their ranks at midcareer, is related to promotions in late career, 20 or more years after the portraits were taken. These results suggest that the absence of physical features from current models of status attainment is a serious omission. Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.