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.
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