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Big head = aggro man

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The proportions of a man’s skull may be an accurate indicator of how likely he will be to get into fights and behave in a generally aggressive manner, a new study has found.

The proportions of a man’s skull may be an accurate indicator of how likely he will be to get into fights and behave in a generally aggressive manner, a new study has found.

New Scientist reports that researchers from Canada’s Brock University measured the heads of male ice hockey players and then looked at how often they have engaged in grubby tactics on the rink such as elbowing or fighting.

They found that the larger the width to height ratio of the player’s face, the more likely they were to have engaged in aggressive behaviour.

Apparently men tend to have shorter, fatter faces than women because of their higher testosterone levels. Testosterone is linked to aggressive behaviour, hence the relationship between head size and argy bargy.

No matter how hard men try, they may not be able to hide their aggression. A study of male ice-hockey players suggests that to gauge a man’s aggression levels, you just have to look at the proportions of his face.

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