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Testosterone and the concept of dominance

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 June 1998

James M. Dabbs
Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303


Testosterone is related to dominance, but in a broader sense than Mazur & Booth suggest. Dominance need not be competitive. It can arise from strong personal characteristics that produce admiration and deference in others. To understand the testosterone–dominance relationship fully, we must examine behaviors that affect ordinary social encounters. Baseline testosterone levels may be more important than testosterone changes in predicting everyday dominance.

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© 1998 Cambridge University Press

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