Navigation Links
Victory Boosts Testosterone Levels, But Not Among Friends

TUESDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- After winning a team competition against strangers or rivals, men's testosterone levels increase. But when they're victorious against friends, their testosterone levels remain the same, according to a new study.

This response during group competition is rooted in evolution and related to how humans form coalitions or alliances in warfare, the researchers said.

"One interesting thing about humans is that we are the only animal that competes in teams," Mark Flinn, a professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri, said in a university news release. "Our hormonal reactions while competing are part of how we evolved as a cooperative species."

The study, published in the journal Human Nature, involved men of different ages who played dominoes or cricket on Dominica, a Caribbean island. Men who competed against a team of strangers and won had higher testosterone levels both during and after the competition. In contrast, men who competed against their friends did not have an increase in testosterone regardless of whether they won or lost.

Men who are watching a group competition could also experience a similar increase in their testosterone levels, the researchers said.

"For example, when [Missouri] plays the University of Kansas, males will probably have a huge increase of testosterone during the game and afterward if their team is victorious," Flinn said. "At the same time, we can create a coalition of fans while attending the game and bond together during the event."

"The fascinating thing about humans is that whether we are watching or playing the sport, we have the ability to put interactions among the whole team in our heads," he added. "That just shows how complex our social psychology is. For example, a hockey or basketball player can anticipate how his teammates are going to react when he passes to each one of them and predict the outcome. The ability for humans to be able to do that is pretty astonishing."

More information

Go to the U.S. National Library of Medicine to find out more about testosterone.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: University of Missouri, news release, May 14, 2013

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. California Marijuana DUI Case Results in Victory for USC Student and MacGregor & Collins Attorneys
2. Victory Healthcare Announces New Medical Center to Be Built in Fort Worth
3. Public health expert David Dausey calls BPA ban hollow victory
4. High-Frequency Noise Boosts Math Skills in Study
5. PC Time Clock Software: Updated EzTimeSheet Boosts Productivity For CA Small Businesses
6. R.B.I. Vision Performance Supplement Boosts Athletic Ability Naturally
7. Pregnancy Boosts Size of Womens Feet, Study Finds
8. ONR-funded software boosts marines civilian operations at fleet exercise
9. New Study Finds Eating More Produce Boosts Mental Health, Underscores Value of Health Enhancement Systems Approach
10. ThinMist: Review Examining Weight Loss Spray Supplement that Boosts Metabolism Released by
11. Better stroke care, everywhere: NIH-funded study boosts local hospitals clotbuster use
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Victory Boosts Testosterone Levels, But Not Among Friends
(Date:6/27/2016)... Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... are fully customizable inside of Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO ... another unique style. Final Cut Pro X users can now reveal the ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry leader providing predictive analytics ... proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... , ... June 27, 2016 , ... recently awarded ... Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada wear ... a way to both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Battle Creek, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... abuse, joined as sponsor of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table ... held in honor of the city’s history as home to some of the world’s ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned ... developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made ... in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets has ... - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces the function ... the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps to keep ... in balance. Increasing number of ESRD patients ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced that ... PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated testing solution for ... clearance, Roche is the first IVD company in the ... risk assessment and management. PCT is a ... in blood can aid clinicians in assessing the risk ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... WAYNE, Pa. , June 23, 2016 ... provider, will launch its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket ... DIA Meeting held on June 26 – 30, 2016 in ... 6.0, the first electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its ... DIA Booth #715. Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: