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Group Display ­ Sports


Group display in sport can be seen as having replaced tribal warfare, where one identifiable
tribal team goes into ritualised battle against another. Sports involve displays and trials of
strengths and skill, behaviours attractive to females who select winning males in the basis of

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MacDonald ­ suggests that from an evolutionary perspective, it is adaptive to
exaggerate negative stereotypes about outsiders, as the over perception of threat is
less costly than its under perception.


Application ­ An important issue that the research into the evolutionary explanations of
aggression as group display in sports…

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Wolfson's research clearly highlights the potential role of environmental factors. Furthermore,
a more eclectic approach towards understanding group display is needed taking into account
our ancestors, biochemistry, environment and other social psychological factors ­ thus
reflecting the complexity of human aggression.

Supporting Research ­ Evan and Rowe provide supporting research…

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Costly displays signal commitment promotion of group solidarity, particularly in
times of collective action. Irons ­ costliness of permanent displays such as scars and
mutilation means that they serve as honest signals of commitment to the group. By
engaging in such displays, individuals demonstrate their commitment and loyalty to

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as the prisoners, also in uniforms (smocks) didn't become deindividuated Brown found
that Belgian soldiers whom wore hoods actually became more selfconscious rather than
aggressive. Furthermore, both explanations logically explain group display, having face
validity, but there is no concrete evidence as to why this behaviour arises, therefore
neither the…


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