Monday, June 7, 2010

Hormones mess with our mind

Ah, the more studies I read about the effects of hormones on our character, the more I am inclined to believe that we are all more or less slaves to biology and evolution. Makes one sad, especially if you want to believe on the rational human being, a par head of the rest of animal kingdom.
New study by the Utrecht University in Holland here  has demonstrated the significance of oxytocin and testosterone in regulating our feelings of trust. When women were given a dose of testosterone, they were inclined to be less trusting of strange men by looking at their photographs. (Oxytocin, on the other hand, has been previously linked to increase people´s desire to hand over their money to strangers. )
According to the Dutch researchers, it appears that testosterone in humans motivates rational decision-making, social scrutiny and cleverness, the apparent tools for success in a modern society.

What can we determine from this? Men are more rational and clever by nature? *sigh*

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