The vertical dimension of social relations and accurate interpersonal perception: A meta-analysis

Judith A. Hall, Marianne Schmid Mast, Ioana Latu

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Abstract

There is little consensus regarding how verticality (social power, dominance, and status) is related to accurate interpersonal perception. The relation could be either positive or negative, and there could be many causal processes at play. The present article discusses the theoretical possibilities and presents a meta-analysis of this question. In studies using a standard test of interpersonal accuracy, higher socioeconomic status (SES) predicted higher accuracy defined as accurate inference about the meanings of cues; also, higher experimentally manipulated vertical position predicted higher accuracy defined as accurate recall of others’ words. In addition, although personality dominance did not predict accurate inference overall, the type of personality dominance did, such that empathic/responsible dominance had a positive relation and egoistic/aggressive dominance had a negative relation to accuracy. In studies involving live interaction, higher experimentally manipulated vertical position produced lower accuracy defined as accurate inference about cues; however, methodological problems place this result in doubt.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-163
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Nonverbal Behavior
Volume39
Issue number2
Early online date24 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

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