Jaimie Torrance (PhD) Dominance, memory and attention

My main research interests revolve around dominance and the evolved mechanisms that underpin it. I'm fascinated by how people display dominance, how it is perceived and how it is used to form social hierarchies. Why are some people more dominant that others and what impact does that have various aspects of human life? As well as being interested in the distal factors that shaped psychological adaptations, I'm also intrigued by the proximal neuroendocrinological and cognitive mechanisms that they operate through. I'm currently working on a project investigating the possible effects of differences in individual levels of dominance on early-stage cognitive processes.

Scientific Journal Articles


  1. Stern J, Karastoyanova K, Kandrik M, Torrance JS, Hahn AC, Holzleitner IJ, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2020). Are Sexual Desire and Sociosexual Orientation Related to Men's Salivary Steroid Hormones? . Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology . doi: 10.1007/S40750-020-00148-Y [abstract»»]
  2. Torrance JS, Holzleitner IJ, Lee A, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2020). Evidence Head Tilt Has Dissociable Effects on Dominance and Trustworthiness Judgments, But Does Not Have Category-Contingent Effects on Hypothetical Leadership Judgments . Perception, 49(2): 199-209. doi: 10.1177/0301006619898589 [data] [abstract»»]
  3. 2018

  4. Torrance JS, Kandrik M, Lee A, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2018). Does Adult Sex Ratio Predict Regional Variation in Facial Dominance Perceptions? Evidence From an Analysis of U.S. States. Evolutionary Psychology . doi: 10.1177/1474704918776748 [data] [preprint] [abstract»»]
  5. Torrance JS, Hahn AC, Kandrik M, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2018). No evidence for associations between men's salivary testosterone and responses on the Intrasexual Competitiveness Scale. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 4(3): 321-327. doi: 10.1101/198424 [preprint] [data] [abstract»»]
  6. 2014

  7. Torrance JS, Wincenciak J, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2014). The relative contributions of facial shape and surface information to perceptions of attractiveness and dominance. PLoS One, 9(10): 104451. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104415 [abstract»»]



  1. (174 kB) Torrance JS, Wincenciak J, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2014). The relative contribution of facial shape and surface information to dominance perceptions. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Bristol, UK. April 2014. [abstract»»]

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