The presence of an attractive woman elevates testosterone and physical risk taking in young men

Ronay, Richard and von Hippel, William (2010) The presence of an attractive woman elevates testosterone and physical risk taking in young men. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1 1: 57-64. doi:10.1177/1948550609352807

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Author Ronay, Richard
von Hippel, William
Title The presence of an attractive woman elevates testosterone and physical risk taking in young men
Journal name Social Psychological and Personality Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1948-5506
1948-5514
Publication date 2010-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1948550609352807
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 57
End page 64
Total pages 8
Editor Vincent Y. A. Yzerbyt
Kristen Marchetti
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The authors report a field experiment with skateboarders that demonstrates that physical risk taking by young men increases in the presence of an attractive female. This increased risk taking leads to more successes but also more crash landings in front of a female observer. Mediational analyses suggest that this increase in risk taking is caused in part by elevated testosterone levels of men who performed in front of the attractive female. In addition, skateboarders' risk taking was predicted by their performance on a reversal-learning task, reversal-learning performance was disrupted by the presence of the attractive female, and the female’s presence moderated the observed relationship between risk taking and reversal learning. These results suggest that men use physical risk taking as a sexual display strategy, and they provide suggestive evidence regarding possible hormonal and neural mechanisms.
© The Author(s) 2010
Keyword Risk taking
Evolutionary psychology
Decision making
Social neuroscience
Neuroscience
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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