People prefer taller candidates not because of what culture or the environment tells us, but because of an evolved psychological trait that associates physical strength with survival, according to a new study from Texas Tech University researchers Gregg R. Murray and J. David Schmitz.
"Culture and environment alone cannot explain how a preference for taller leaders is a universal trait we see in different cultures today, as well as in societies ranging from ancient Mayans, to pre-classical Greeks, and even animals," Schmitz said.
The paper, "Caveman Politics: Evolutionary Leadership Preferences and Physical Stature," appears in the latest edition of the journal Social Science Quarterly.
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