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Weapons Make the Man (Larger): Formidability Is Represented as Size and Strength in Humans

  • Daniel M. T. Fessler mail,

    dfessler@anthro.ucla.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology and Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Colin Holbrook,

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology and Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Jeffrey K. Snyder

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology and Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Published: April 11, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0032751

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Media Coverage of This Article

Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 13 Apr 2012 at 22:01 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Los Angeles Times
Title: “A gun in hand makes a man look taller, study says - latimes.com”
http://www.latimes.com/ne...

Publication: The Mark
Title: “Carrying A Gun Makes You Look Taller | The Mark”
http://www.themarknews.co...

Publication: UCLA Newsroom
Title: “Do I look bigger with my finger on a trigger? Yes, says UCLA study / UCLA Newsroom”
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/...

Publication: Eureka Alert
Title: “Foes appear larger, more muscular when holding a weapon”
http://www.eurekalert.org...

Publication: The Times of India
Title: “Foes seem fearsome when holding a weapon - Times Of India”
http://articles.timesofin...

Publication: LA Weekly Blogs
Title: “Forget Viagra: Guns Make Men Appear Larger, UCLA Says - Los Angeles News - The Informer”
http://blogs.laweekly.com...

Publication: Irish Independent
Title: “Gun 'can make bearer appear bigger' - And Finally - Independent.ie”
http://www.independent.ie...

Publication: Belfast Telegraph
Title: “Gun 'can make bearer appear bigger' - Offbeat, Breaking News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk”
http://www.belfasttelegra...

Publication: Discovery News
Title: “Guns Make Men Seem Bigger : Discovery News”
http://news.discovery.com...

Publication: ABC Australia
Title: “Guns make people seem bigger | News in Science (ABC Science)”
http://www.abc.net.au/sci...

Publication: io9
Title: “Guns really do make you look bigger”
http://io9.com/5900949/gu...

Publication: ZME Science
Title: “Holding a gun makes you look bigger and stronger, study finds”
http://www.zmescience.com...

Publication: Daily Mail
Title: “Holding a gun 'makes you look like Rambo' in the eyes of others | Mail Online”
http://www.dailymail.co.u...

Publication: WTOP.com
Title: “Holding a gun may make you look bigger, stronger - WTOP.com”
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Publication: My Fox DC
Title: “Holding a gun will make you look bigger and stronger, study says”
http://www.myfoxdc.com/dp...

Publication: El Mundo.es
Title: “Los hombres que empuñan un arma son percibidos como más altos y fuertes | Ciencia | elmundo.es”
http://www.elmundo.es/elm...

Publication: ANI News
Title: “Men seem 'tougher with guns'”
http://www.aninews.in/new...

Publication: The India Express
Title: “Men seem tougher with guns: study - Indian Express”
http://www.indianexpress....

Publication: Health Day
Title: “People Carrying Guns May Appear Bigger Than They Are”
http://consumer.healthday...

Publication: Adelaide Now
Title: “Research shows that men look bigger while holding a weapon | Adelaide Now”
http://www.adelaidenow.co...

Publication: Top News United States
Title: “Size of Tool Affects Person's Strength | TopNews United States”
http://topnews.us/content...

Publication: Sky News Australia
Title: “Sky News: Study says men look bigger with a weapon”
http://www.skynews.com.au...

Publication: Slate
Title: “Study on guns: men look taller while holding them.”
http://www.slate.com/blog...

Publication: Nine MSN
Title: “Study says men look bigger with a weapon”
http://news.ninemsn.com.a...

Publication: Herald Sun
Title: “Study says men look bigger with a weapon | Herald Sun”
http://www.heraldsun.com....

Publication: Opposing Views
Title: “Study: Holding Gun Makes Person Seem Bigger”
http://www.opposingviews....

Publication: The Economist
Title: “The evolution of risk assessment: Big men with guns | The Economist”
http://www.economist.com/...

Publication: The Press Association
Title: “The Press Association: Gun 'can make bearer appear bigger'”
http://www.google.com/hos...

Publication: Gizmodo Australia
Title: “Want To Look Taller? Try Holding A Gun | Gizmodo Australia”
http://www.gizmodo.com.au...

Publication: Gizmodo
Title: “Want to Look Two Inches Taller? Try Holding a Gun”
http://gizmodo.com/590123...

Publication: LiveScience
Title: “Why the Mind Makes Gunmen Look Larger | Human Aggression & Human Mind | LiveScience”
http://www.livescience.co...

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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 20 Apr 2012 at 21:20 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Military Times
Title: “Battle Rattle - A Marine Corps Times Blog -- Does this gun make me look taller?”
http://militarytimes.com/...

Publication: Inquisitr.com
Title: “Holding A Gun Makes You Look Taller And Stronger”
http://www.inquisitr.com/...

Publication: Newslite
Title: “Men look 17 percent taller when holding a gun - Odd News | newslite.tv”
http://newslite.tv/2012/0...

Publication: Scientific American 60 Second Mind
Title: “Men Who Hold a Gun Appear Taller and Stronger: Scientific American Podcast”
http://www.scientificamer...

Publication: Shooting Times
Title: “Report: Holding a Gun Makes Man Look Taller - Shooting Times”
http://www.shootingtimes....

Publication: Gawker
Title: “Science Confirms: Holding a Gun Really Does Make You Look Like a Tough Guy”
http://gawker.com/5902391...

Publication: Star Tribune
Title: “Study: No added risk in booster | StarTribune.com”
http://www.startribune.co...

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RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 27 Apr 2012 at 21:23 GMT

Publication: The Atlantic
Title: “So This Is Why Men Love Guns: Holding One Makes Them Look Taller and More Muscular - Hans Villarica - Health - The Atlantic”
http://www.theatlantic.co...

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RE: RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 11 May 2012 at 21:38 GMT

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Publication: PoliceOne.com
Title: “Study: Victims and witnesses exaggerate”
http://www.policeone.com/...

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