What you should do with your head to appear more dominant

Tilting the head downwards make people seem more aggressive and dominant even when their expression does not change
Tilting the head downwards make people seem more aggressive and dominant even when their expression does not change Credit: University of British Columbia

Appearing confident or in charge of a situation may be as easy as a small tilt of the head, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers discovered that tucking the chin and lowering the head by just 10 degrees makes a person appear far more dominant even when their expression stays neutral.

And the effect appears to work because it creates the illusion that the eyebrows have formed a ‘v-shape’ which usually occurs when a person is being aggressive.

“We show that tilting one's head downward systematically changes the way the face is perceived, such that a neutral face, a face with no muscle movement or facial expression, appears to be more dominant when the head is tilted down,” said Zachary Witkower,...

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