Professor in Evolutionary Psychology, Work and Organizational Psychology

 

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Dual Model of Leadership and Hierarchy: Evolutionary Synthesis

Van Vugt, M., & Smith, J. E. (2019). A Dual Model of Leadership and Hierarchy: Evolutionary Synthesis. Trends in cognitive sciences Download Abstract From the popularity of authoritarian political leaders to the under-representation of women in boardrooms, leadership is an important theme in current human social affairs. Leadership is also a prominent research topic in the biological, social,...

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The Napoleon Complex: When shorter men take more

Knapen, J. E., Blaker, N. M., & Van Vugt, M. (2018). The Napoleon complex: When shorter men take more. Psychological Science, 1-11. DOI: 10.1177/0956797618760196 Download Abstract Inspired by an evolutionary psychological perspective on the Napoleon complex, we hypothesize that shorter males are more likely to show indirect aggression in resource competitions with taller males. Three studies...

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Pride before the fall: Overconfidence predicts escalation of public commitment

Ronay, R., Oostrom, J. K., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., & van Vugt, M. (2017). Pride before the fall: Overconfidence predicts escalation of public commitment. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 69, 13-22. Download Abstract In four studies we examined the effect of overconfidence on escalation of commitment in investment tasks. Study 1 (N=105) revealed a positive relationship between overconfidence...

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Charisma as signal: An evolutionary perspective on charismatic leadership

Grabo, A, Spisak, B., & Van Vugt, M. (2017). Charisma as signal: An evolutionary perspective on charismatic leadership. The Leadership Quarterly Download Abstract We present an evolutionary perspective on charismatic leadership, arguing that charisma hasevolved as a credible signal of a person's ability to solve a coordination challenge requiring urgent collective action from group members....

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In the eye of the beholder? An eye-tracking experiment on emergent

Gerpott, F. H., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Silvis, J. D., & Van Vugt, M. (2017). In the eye of the beholder? An eye-tracking experiment on emergent leadership in team interactions. The Leadership Quarterly. Abstract Integrating evolutionary signaling theory with a social attention approach, we argue that individuals possess a fast, automated mechanism for detecting leadership signals in fellow...

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Basal testosterone, leadership and dominance: a field study and meta-analysis

Van der Meij, L., Schaveling, J., & Van Vugt, M. (2016). Basal testosterone, leadership and dominance: a field study and meta-analysis. Psychoneurendocrinology, 72, 72-79 Download This article examines the role of basal testosterone as a potential biological marker of leadership andhierarchy in the workplace. First, we report the result of a study with a sample of male employeesfrom different...

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