Testosterone Leads to Social Dominance

by Rathi Manohar on  March 14, 2011 at 1:51 PM Research News
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Testosterone has been found to make men bold and self-assured, and take on a dominant role in a competitive bid to attract a woman.
 Testosterone Leads to Social Dominance
Testosterone Leads to Social Dominance

The new study from Wayne State University, published in the journal, Social Psychological and Personality Science, has claimed that there could be some truth in the stereotypical portrayal in movies and books, of men who take an assertive role in their interaction with women as being high on testosterone.   

The study involved pairs of men as they were videotaped in their competition to woo an attractive young woman. The pre-competition testosterone levels had a significant influence on how dominant the men were in their interaction, how much of control they took in the conversation, and more interestingly, how much the woman indicated that she responded to each of them.

The men who had a higher testosterone level expressed the need for social dominance and they overrode their competitors to attract a potential mate.

Richard Slatcher, one of the researchers said, "Our findings indicate that testosterone is associated with dominance behaviours and success when men compete for the attention of an attractive woman, particularly when men also have a strong conscious desire for social dominance."



Source: Medindia

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