A study testing the effect of testosterone has found that it dramatically lowers cooperation between individuals, making people more egocentric.
In this study, people performed their task more poorly under the influence of testosterone.
It didn't affect their performance, but the lack of cooperation it caused resulted in partners making the wrong choice more frequently than they did when not under the influence of testosterone. Oh, and by the way, all the subjects were women.
Self-centered, unwilling to listen, and overly sure of yourself. This is your life on testosterone, even if you are female.
The study was of 17 pairs of women who had never met before. Each pair participated in two sessions held three to seven days apart.
In one session, both women were given an oral testosterone supplement (80 mg of testosterone undecanoate) six to seven hours before the session. For the other session, neither woman received testosterone.
Each session consisted of 192 trials. In each test, the women sat at separate computer screens and were shown the same two sets of images. Each set contained six pictures of a grating.
In one set, one image was sharper (higher contrast) than all the others. The women had to decide which set of images contained the sharper image.
If they disagreed, they were asked to collaborate and discuss their decision with their partner. One partner was randomly selected as the ultimate decision-maker in each trial.
The clarity of the sharper image was modified in each trial. In some experiments, the difference was noticeable. In others, it wasn't and took high visual sensitivity to pick out.
In trials where the participants disagreed, collaboration allowed them to perform better, picking the right image set more often than each woman did individually.
But under the influence of testosterone, the benefits of collaboration were significantly reduced.
The decision maker was much more inclined to go with her selection than her partner's, an inclination which led to more incorrect picks than occurred without testosterone.
Testosterone didn't affect each woman's visual sensitivity and ability to pick the right image, but it did reduce their ability to cooperate, to accept that their partner was right and that they were wrong. And in this task, that led to more errors.
The best real-life decisions often require a proper balance between individual judgment and group consensus.
Cooperation has many benefits, but it isn't always the best approach: committees can take months or years to decide that an individual could make in minutes. Sometimes individual initiative is the way to go.
Testosterone Fuels Boneheaded Decision-Making In Men, Study Finds
Word Count: 443
Contact Us Now
- Testosterone reduces group think, cooperation, and less sheep-like mentality - December 13th, 2018
- Testosterone linked to heart disease - Testosterone Prescription - December 13th, 2018
- Testosterone drives ego, helps eliminate group think - Testosterone Prescription - December 13th, 2018
- Men with higher testosterone tend to lie less, study suggests - December 13th, 2018
- Low testosterone levels cause health woes - Testosterone Prescription - December 13th, 2018
- Increase in testosterone drug use - Testosterone Prescription - December 13th, 2018
- Five Myths About Low Testosterone And Testosterone Therapy - Testosterone Prescription - December 13th, 2018
- Environment trumps genes in testosterone levels, study finds - Testosterone Prescription - December 12th, 2018
- Dr Manny: Want to boost your testosterone? Try getting married - Testosterone Prescription - December 12th, 2018
- Co-sleeping with baby drops men’s testosterone levels - December 12th, 2018
- The top ten testosterone booster supplements: A review - December 12th, 2018
- Hypogonadism Testosterone Archives - Testosterone Prescription - December 12th, 2018
- The Secret to Guys’ Sex Appeal: Low Stress, High Testosterone, Strong Immunity - Testosterone Prescription - December 12th, 2018
- With testosterone, it's 'my way or the highway': UK study - Testosterone Prescription - December 12th, 2018
- Too much testosterone makes for bad decisions, tests show - Testosterone Prescription - December 11th, 2018
- Testosterone, Viagra not a winning combination for erectile dysfunction - Testosterone Prescription - December 10th, 2018
- Testosterone therapy — good idea or not? - Testosterone Prescription - December 6th, 2018
- Testosterone shown to help sexually frustrated women- Testosterone Prescription - December 6th, 2018
- Testosterone replacement therapy improves symptoms of metabolic syndrome - Testosterone Prescription - December 5th, 2018
- Acidosis: The Hidden Health Destroyer - November 25th, 2018