Researchers find men use anger as manipulation tool with other men

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Posted January 15, 2014
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Researchers Uri Gneezy, with the University of California and Alex Imasc with the University of Amsterdam have together found that men understand the impact anger has on decision making and use that knowledge to help them manipulate other men when engaging in contests of both skill and strength. They have had their paper describing a study they conducted on the subject printed in the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Most people intuitively understand that they and other people don’t make decisions as well when angry as they do when they are calm. What’s unclear is if people use that knowledge to manipulate other people—for example, by making them angry when trying to beat them at something. In this latest effort the pair of researchers sought to find out, if only in a limited way.

Gneezy and Imasc focused strictly on young men for their study, enlisting the services of 140 male college students as volunteers. They asked them to participate in two types of experiments. In the first, all of the volunteers were asked to squeeze a device as hard as they could to see who could squeeze the hardest.

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