The dangers of dominance, the pitfalls of prestige | a public lecture Event as iCalendar

(Psychology, Science Event Tags)

01 March 2018


Venue: Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre

Location: Ground Floor, Building 301, 23 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Host: School of Psychology

Cost: Free | Refreshments will be served in the Psychology Reception Foyer, Level 2, Building 302 at 5.30pm

Professor Jon Maner, Florida State University
Professor Jon Maner


The presence of hierarchy is a ubiquitous aspect of social groups and organisations. To navigate social hierarchies, people use two distinct strategies – dominance and prestige.

Dominance is a strategy through which people gain and maintain social rank by using coercion, intimidation, and power. Prestige is a strategy through which people gain and maintain social rank by displaying valued knowledge and skills and earning respect.

Join Professor Jon Maner from Florida State University as he talks about his research documenting differences between dominance and prestige oriented leaders. Each type of leadership has its advantages and downsides and each has very different implications for the functioning and wellbeing of groups and organisations.


About our speaker

Professor Jon Maner is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and mentor, and an internationally recognised leader in the science of motivation.

His work resides at the interface of social psychology and evolutionary biology, and examines ways in which fundamental social motives influence behaviour in a range of different areas including social hierarchy, social affiliation, and close relationships.

Jon has published more than 130 scholarly articles and chapters and his research has been funded from the U.S. National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.