TESTOS­TERONE IN­CREASES IM­PUL­SIVE BE­HAV­IOUR IN MEN, SUG­GESTS A STUDY

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The male hor­mone testos­terone is im­por­tant for sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive devel­op­ment but it can also make men less likely to ques­tion their im­pulses, sug­gests new re­search.

Men given doses of testos­terone per­formed more poorly on a test de­signed to mea­sure cog­ni­tive re­flec­tion than a group given a placebo, showed the find­ings of a study. The find­ings sug­gest that the sex hor­mone is con­nected with greater re­liance on gut in­stincts and less self-re­flec­tion. “What we found was the testos­terone group was quicker to make snap judg­ments on brain teasers where your ini­tial guess is usu­ally wrong,” said Colin Camerer, Pro­fes­sor at Cal­i­for­nia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in the US.

The study in­cluded 243 males who were ran­domly se­lected to re­ceive a dose of testos­terone gel or placebo gel be­fore tak­ing a cog­ni­tive re­flec­tion test.

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