Build and career success – Experimental study on attributions of career supporting traits

Dominic Gansen-Ammann

The aim of this experimental study was to examine the effect of male build (muscular vs. lean) on attributions of career supporting Big Five traits. Sponsored mobility hypothesis and former research (Ng et al., 2005) suggest that a muscular male body should be associated with higher levels of Extraversion, Conscientiousness and Openness to Experience. At the same time, attributions of Neuroticism and Agreeableness should be less associated with muscular compared to lean build. These hypotheses were tested and almost fully supported in a sample of 115 students of Psychology in Germany. Contributions and implications of this research investigation, limitations, and directions for future research are discussed.

Keywords: Build, Muscularity, Men, Attributions, Big Five, Experiment

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