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Department of Psychology


Turning bodily states into action: A social psychophysiological model of power and status

17th November 2017, 16:00 to 17:00, L47, Dr Mario Weick

Hierarchical relations are ubiquitous in human and non-human primates and other animal societies. In hierarchical structures, those at the top with high power and/or status enjoy easier access to social and material resources than those at the bottom with low power and/or status.

In this talk, I will argue that the greater (vs. lesser) access to resources strengthens the correspondence between bodily states and overt behaviour. I will discuss some of my earlier work and more recent studies on fluency experiences, facial expressions, circadian rhythm, and heart rate variability to support this proposition. I will outline potential underlying processes, and reflect on implications for well-being and health-related outcomes at the population level.