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Dr Nancy Blaker

PhD (VU, Amsterdam)nancyblaker

Postdoctoral Fellow
Room: Commerce 616
Tel: +64 3 479 5094
Fax:  +64 3 479 8173
Email: nancy.blaker@otago.ac.nz

Research Interests

Nancy’s research interests include:

  • Dynamics of Social Hierarchies
  • Status, Power, and Leadership
  • Competition and Cooperation
  • Experimental Behavioural Economics
  • Evolutionary Psychology

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Publications

Knapen, J. E. P., Blaker, N. M., & Pollet, T. V. (2017). Size, skills, and suffrage: Motivated distortions in perceived formidability of political leaders. PLoS ONE, 12(12), e0188485. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188485

Blaker, N. M. (2016). The status-size association: How physical size and social status influence each other (PhD). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1871/54616

Blaker, N. M., & van Vugt, M. (2014). The status-size hypothesis: How cues of physical size and social status influence each other. In J. T. Cheng, J. L. Tracy & C. Anderson (Eds.), The psychology of social status. (pp. 119-137). New York, New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0867-7

Spisak, B. R., Blaker, N. M., Lefevre, C. E., Moore, F. R., & Krebbers, K. F. B. (2014). A face for all seasons: Searching for context-specific leadership traits and discovering a general preference for perceived health. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 792. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00792

Blaker, N., Pollet, T., & van Vugt, M. (2014, April). Children’s and adults’ perceptions of individuals low and high in prestige- and dominance-based status. Poster session presented at the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Annual Conference, Bristol, UK.

Chapter in Book - Research

Blaker, N. M., & van Vugt, M. (2014). The status-size hypothesis: How cues of physical size and social status influence each other. In J. T. Cheng, J. L. Tracy & C. Anderson (Eds.), The psychology of social status. (pp. 119-137). New York, New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0867-7

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Journal - Research Article

Knapen, J. E. P., Blaker, N. M., & Pollet, T. V. (2017). Size, skills, and suffrage: Motivated distortions in perceived formidability of political leaders. PLoS ONE, 12(12), e0188485. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188485

Spisak, B. R., Blaker, N. M., Lefevre, C. E., Moore, F. R., & Krebbers, K. F. B. (2014). A face for all seasons: Searching for context-specific leadership traits and discovering a general preference for perceived health. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 792. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00792

Blaker, N. M., Rompa, I., Dessing, I. H., Vriend, A. I., Herschberg, C., & van Vugt, M. (2013). The height leadership advantage in men and women: Testing evolutionary psychology predictions about the perceptions of tall leaders. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 16(1), 17-27. doi: 10.1177/1368430212437211

Van Kleef, G. A., Homan, A. C., Finkenauer, C., Blaker, N. M., & Heerdink, M. W. (2012). Prosocial norm violations fuel power affordance [Report]. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(4), 937-942. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2012.02.022

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Blaker, N. M., Pollet, T. V., & van Vugt, M. (2013). Standing tall and strong: The role of physical formidability in the association between height and leadership perception. Proceedings of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology 14th Annual Meeting (SPSP). (pp. 214). Retrieved from http://www.spsp.org/

van Vugt, M., Blaker, N., Grabo, A., & Spisak, B. (2013). Naturally selected: The evolutionary psychology of leadership, status and power. Proceedings of the European Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA) Post-Conference: Evolutionary Psychology in the Low Countries. Retrieved from http://www.ehbea2013.com

Blaker, N. M., Pollet, T. V., & van Vugt, M. (2013). Standing tall and strong: Exploring the relationship between height and perceptions of status and leadership. Proceedings of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference (EHBEA). Retrieved from http://www.ehbea2013.com/

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Blaker, N., Pollet, T., & van Vugt, M. (2014, April). Children’s and adults’ perceptions of individuals low and high in prestige- and dominance-based status. Poster session presented at the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Annual Conference, Bristol, UK.

Blaker, N. M., & van Vugt, M. (2012, March). Napoleon complex? The effect of human height and strength in dyadic interactions. Poster session presented at the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference (EHBEA), Durham, UK.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Blaker, N. M. (2016). The status-size association: How physical size and social status influence each other (PhD). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1871/54616

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