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Stuck in the heat or stuck in the hierarchy? Power relations explain regional variations in violence.

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Weick, Mario 
Uskul, Ayse K 
Moon, Chanki 

Abstract

We contend that an ecological account of violence and aggression requires consideration of societal and cultural settings. Focusing on hierarchical relations, we argue countries with higher (vs. lower) power distance are, on average, located closer to the equator, have more challenging climates (e.g., higher temperature; lower temperature variation), and have a greater prevalence of violence and aggression (e.g., higher homicide rates).

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Keywords

Aggression, Climate, Hot Temperature, Humans, Self-Control, Violence

Journal Title

Behav Brain Sci

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Journal ISSN

0140-525X
1469-1825

Volume Title

40

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)