What are the motives that drive us?

Jon Maner is a leader in the science of motivation. His work bridges social psychology and evolutionary psychology to study a range of social processes: What are the strategies that people use to navigate social hierarchies? What processes help people successfully form and maintain close relationships? How do people respond to social rejection? How do fear, anxiety, and disgust help people protect themselves from harm?

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Featured Research

Dominance and Prestige: A Tale of Two Hierarchies

Current Directions in Psychological Science

Dominance and Prestige: Dual Strategies for Navigating Social Hierarchies

Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol 54)