Washington : Researchers have identified a mental mechanism people subconsciously use to gauge threats posed by others, says ANI. UCLA anthropologist Daniel Fessler study found a mechanism that translates the magnitude of the threat into the same dimensions used by animals to size up their adversaries — size and strength — even when these dimensions have no actual connection to the threat.

Fessler’s work illuminates how people make decisions in situations where violent conflict is a possibility, which could have ramifications for law enforcement, the prison system and the military. The team even tested whether there was an actual correlation between height, muscularity and risk-seeking behavior, but found none.

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