Hierarchy stability moderates the effect of status on stress and performance in humans Journal Article uri icon



  • Significance; High-status leadership roles are theorized to reduce stress compared with subordinate roles, but higher rank is not always stress-free. Here we demonstrate that high status inhibits stress responses and improves performance during a mock interview in a stable hierarchy, but high status boosts stress responses and carries no performance advantage in an unstable hierarchy. Feeling in control was an asset for interview performance, but increased testosterone reactivity was a liability. These findings have applications for improving outcomes in stressful evaluative settings, such as job interviews, and may hold translational implications for the influence of status on health.

publication date

  • January 3, 2017

has restriction

  • bronze

Date in CU Experts

  • February 1, 2021 9:35 AM

Full Author List

  • Knight EL; Mehta PH

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1091-6490

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 78

end page

  • 83


  • 114


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