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Cooperation with high status individuals may increase one's own status

Long-term study of Amazonian community shows the interconnectedness of cooperation and status hierarchy

While other animals tend to gain status through aggression, humans are typically averse to allowing such dominant individuals to achieve high status. Instead, those highest in social status are often those who demonstrate the most value to others. Researchers have now shown that cooperation between individuals can be driven by opportunities to acquire status over others and that decisions with whom to cooperate are often based on who has more or less status.

© Chris von Rueden