Professor in Evolutionary Psychology, Work and Organizational Psychology


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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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Convergence to consensus in heterogeneous groups and the

Gavrilets, S., Auerbach, J., & Van Vugt, M. (2016).Convergence to consensus in heterogeneous groups and the emergence of informal leadership, Scientific Reports. 6:29704 | DOI: 10.1038/srep29704 Download When group cohesion is essential, groups must have efficient strategies in place for consensus decision-making. Recent theoretical work suggests that shared decision-making is often the most...

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Niche-construction and the evolution of leadership

Spisak, B., O’Brien, M., Nicholson, N., & Van Vugt, M. (2015). Niche-construction and the evolution of leadership. Academy of Management Review. doi: 10.5465/amr.2013.0157 Download Abstract Leadership is a long-studied phenomenon, yet it remains a largely disjointed field of research. Here we attempt to unify more traditional social-science perspectives with those stemming from evolutionary...

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The many faces of leadership: An evolutionary-psychology approach

Van Vugt, M., & Grabo, A. E. (2015). The many faces of leadrship: An evolutionary-psychology approach. Current Directions in Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/0963721415601971 Download Abstract Many psychological studies have shown that facial appearance matters in the people we select as leaders. An evolutionary-psychology approach suggests that facial cues serve as inputs into an adaptive,...

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Leadership in mammalian societies: emergence, distribution, power and pay-off

Smith, J. E., Gavrilets, S., Borgerhoff Mulder, M., Hooper, P. L., El Moulden, C., Nettle, D., Hauert, C., Hill, K., Perry, S., Pusey, A. E., Van Vugt, M., & Smith, E. A. (2015). Leadership in mammalian societies: Emergence, distribution, power, and pay-off. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.   Lees meer Abstract Leadership is an active area of research in both the biological and...

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Leadership in small-scale societies: some implications for theory, research, and practice

Von Rueden, C., & Van Vugt, M. (2015). Leadership in small-scale societies: Some implications for theory, research, and practice. The Leadership Quarterly, 26, 978-990. Download Abstract Leadership studies concentrate on large-scale societies and organizations with formal hierarchies, large power differences, and diverse membership. Much less is known about leadership in small-scale, homogeneous,...

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