Date: November 9, 16:00-17:00, room MF-G613
Speaker: Pranjal Mehta, University College London.
Title: The influence of social status on stress depends on the stability of the hierarchy
High-status leadership roles are theorised to reduce stress compared with subordinate roles, but higher rank is not always stress-free. In this talk, I present experimental evidence demonstrating that the stability of the social hierarchy moderates the influence of status on stress responses. High status inhibits stress responses and improves performance during a mock interview in a stable hierarchy, but high status boosts stress responses and carries no performance advantage in an unstable hierarchy. Feeling in control was an asset for interview performance, but increased hormonal stress reactivity was a liability. These findings have applications for improving outcomes in stressful evaluative settings, such as job interviews, and may hold translational implications for the influence of hierarchy on health.