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Study: Bald Men Perceived More Dominant Than People With Hair

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Actor Bruce Willis speaks onstage at the 'Looper' press conference during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sept. 6, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Actor Bruce Willis speaks onstage at the ‘Looper’ press conference during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sept. 6, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — Bald men should throw away that toupee as a new study shows that people perceive others with shaved heads as more dominant.

According to the “Shorn Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance” study, Albert Mannes from The Wharton School conducted three separate tests featuring photos of bald and full head of hair people.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mannes showed 344 subjects photos of the same two men in different versions: one bald and the other with hair. The study found that bald men were rated more dominant than those with a flowing mane.

“Men whose hair was digitally removed were perceived as more dominant, taller, and stronger than their authentic selves,” the study stated.

The study also suggests that people with thinning hair should consider shaving it all off because they are perceived as less attractive.

The study is published in the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science.

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