Mazur 0.

From: Fenton Elizabeth (
Date: Thu May 14 1998 - 14:43:35 BST

Comment on Mazur- 0.

   In men, high levels of endogenous testosterone (T) seem to
   encourage behavior apparently intended to dominate -- to
   enhance one's status over -- other people. Sometimes
   dominant behavior is aggressive, its apparent intent being
   to inflict harm on another person, but often dominance is
   expressed nonaggressively. Sometimes dominant behavior
   takes the form of antisocial behavior, including rebellion
   against authority and law breaking.

The authors make a number of statements in the abstract
using words that indicate a lak of certainty in the view
that they are attempting to put forward. They refer to
testosterone levels which "seem" to promote behaviour which
only appears "apparently" to suggest domination.

    Measurement of T at a single point in time, presumably
   indicative of a man's basal T level, predicts many of
   these dominant or antisocial behaviors. T not only affects
   behavior but also responds to it.

The authors claim that dominant actions cover a number of
behaviours, of which a certain T level can predict many,
again introducing quite a large range of behaviours that
could be considered as dominant.

    An unusual data set on Air Force veterans, in which data
   were collected four times over a decade, enables us
   to compare the basal and reciprocal models as explanations
   for the relationship between T and divorce. We discuss
   sociological implications of these models.

Surely just using a limited data set from Air Force
veterans is not a good reflection of possible effects of
testosterone in the general population.

Fenton Elizabeth

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