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The role of testosterone in social interaction


Eisenegger, Christoph; Haushofer, Johannes; Fehr, Ernst (2011). The role of testosterone in social interaction. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15(6):263-271.

Abstract

Although animal researchers established the role of testosterone as a social hormone decades ago, the investigation of its causal influence on human social behaviors has only recently begun. Here, we review and discuss recent studies showing the causal effects of testosterone on social interactions in animals and humans, and outline the basic neurobiological mechanisms that might underlie these effects. Based on these recent findings, we argue that the role of testosterone in human social behavior might be best understood in terms of the search for, and maintenance of, social status.

Abstract

Although animal researchers established the role of testosterone as a social hormone decades ago, the investigation of its causal influence on human social behaviors has only recently begun. Here, we review and discuss recent studies showing the causal effects of testosterone on social interactions in animals and humans, and outline the basic neurobiological mechanisms that might underlie these effects. Based on these recent findings, we argue that the role of testosterone in human social behavior might be best understood in terms of the search for, and maintenance of, social status.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Special Collections > SystemsX.ch
Special Collections > SystemsX.ch > Research, Technology and Development Projects > Neurochoice
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
330 Economics
Language:English
Date:25 May 2011
Deposited On:02 Feb 2012 16:38
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:32
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1364-6613
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2011.04.008

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