Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 206–214 | Cite as

Dominance threat display for victory and achievement in competition context

Original Paper


We explored whether a dominance threat display as result of victory in agonistic encounters is actually produced in real life competition settings by examining the first whole body reactions produced by winners of the medal matches from three Olympic judo competitions, one of which included a sample of athletes who were blind. Winners displayed behavioral signals that were characterized into three categories, Expansion, Aggression, and Attention. These behavioral characteristics overlapped with descriptions of dominance displays in the previous literature. Other findings have suggested that these behaviors may be labeled as triumph.


Dominance Threat Victory Competition Nonverbal expression Triumph 



The author wishes to thank Mina Park, Abimbola Moses, and Jenna Penne for their assistance in collecting data used in this study. The authors received no financial support for the research and/or authorship of this article.

Conflict of interest

The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interests with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologySan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Humintell, LLCBerkeleyUSA

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