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Human face structure correlates with professional baseball performance: insights from professional Japanese baseball players.

Tsujimura, Hikaru and Banissy, Michael J.. 2013. Human face structure correlates with professional baseball performance: insights from professional Japanese baseball players. Biology letters, 9(3), n/a. ISSN 1744-957X [Article]

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In our daily lives, we use faces as a major source of information about other people. Recent work has begun to highlight how one's facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) is linked to a number of behaviours (e.g. deception, aggression and financial performance in firms). fWHR has also been linked to several factors that may be beneficial for sport (e.g. achievement drive, winning mentality and aggression). Despite this, few studies have examined the relationship between fWHR and sports performance, and these have focused on Caucasian sportsmen. Here, we investigated the relationship between fWHR and baseball performance in professional Japanese baseball players. We show that fWHR is positively related with home run performance across two consecutive seasons. The findings provide the first evidence linking fWHR to baseball performance and linking fWHR to behavioural outcomes in Asian participants.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2013.0140

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
June 2013Published

Item ID:

8396

Date Deposited:

10 Jun 2013 12:47

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 13:03

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/8396

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