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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728


MESLY, Olivier  and  LEVY MANGIN, Jean-Pierre. The narrow range of perceived predation: a 19 group study. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.29, n.2, pp.573-582. ISSN 1695-2294.

This paper rests largely on the works of Mesly (1999 to 2012). It argues that the phenomenon of perceived predation as a functional behavioural phenomenon is subjected to certain limits, a finding based on studies performed on 19 different groups spread over a four-year span. It also finds a constant of k = 1.3 which reflects the invariant nature of perceived predation. These findings add to the theory of financial predation which stipulates that financial predators operate below the limits of detection pertaining to their customers (and market regulators). They are experts at minimizing the perception that clients could have that they are after their money, causing them financial harm, by surprise (perceived predation). Understanding the narrow range in which financial predators operate is setting the grounds to offer better protection to investors and to implementing better control and punitive measures.

Keywords : Perceived predation; MESLY model; attachment theory; trust; cooperation; predator.

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