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Sex Difference in Testosterone Response to a Video Game Contest

Mazur, Allan and Susman, Elizabeth J. and Edelbrock, Sandy (1997) Sex Difference in Testosterone Response to a Video Game Contest. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Abstract

Testosterone (T) and cortisol (C) were assayed from saliva samples given by young men (n = 28) and women (n = 32) before, during, and after competing with a same-sex partner in a video game. The T response to the competition is different in each sex; the C response is the same. Male results confirm prior reports of a pre-contest rise in testosterone. Male results did not confirm previous findings that after a contest, the testosterone of winners is higher than that of losers, perhaps because the video game contest produced little mood difference between male winners and losers. Unlike male testosterone, female testosterone generally decreased throughout the experiment. Trends in T and C are parallel in women but not in men. Apparently T works differently in competition between men than between women.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:testosterone, cortisol, dominance, competition, sex
Subjects:Psychology > Social Psychology
ID Code:630
Deposited By:Mazur, Allan
Deposited On:15 Apr 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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