Testosterone makes men more honest: study
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Testosterone may be associated with aggression but a new research claims the male hormone also drives social behaviour and honest interactions.
Researchers from the University of Bonn gave 46 people testosterone gel and 45 people a placebo. The next day, all 91 people were invited to roll the dice in private, report the numbers they landed on, and receive money based on their results with the higher rollers netting more cash.
After paying out the participants, the researchers found that men who received the testosterone gel self-reported their numbers more honestly, Fox News quoted Men's Health as reporting.
High levels of testosterone increase your sense of pride and boost your self image-and cheating puts both in jeopardy, said researchers.
Besides fostering honesty, researchers have found that the hormone can help you do many other things. Researchers from Wayne State University compared two groups of men competing to win the attention of an attractive woman and found that men with lower testosterone didn't even stand a chance.
Men with the highest testosterone levels were more assertive, controlled the conversation, and clicked better with women.
Testosterone can even keep you healthy as low levels of the hormone have been linked to type 2 diabetes and obesity. Some studies have shown that men with lower levels stand a greater chance of suffering from heart disease.
In another study, researchers compared hormone levels of 98 men with their willingness to take financial risks in a computer simulation.
They found that men with more testosterone were willing to invest more money.