Essay about Research On Testosterone And Dominance

1482 Words Sep 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Research on testosterone and dominance in romantic relationships has focused on correlating basal testosterone levels with relationship outcomes, and previous work suggests the utility of using testosterone reactivity as a biological marker of social submission (e.g.,
Maner et al., 2008). The research reported here extended work in this area by investigating how dominance influences testosterone regulation in romantic partners who engaged in an emotional discussion in which one person was instructed to regulate his/her affective displays.
Because agents (i.e., those instructed to regulate affect) were constrained by the manipulation instructions, they were prevented from tuning their affective displays to those of their partner and were put in relatively more submissive position. Accordingly, agents exhibited decreased testosterone reactivity, which has been shown in previous research to be associated with social submission. Importantly, for females, the main effect of role was moderated by their partners’ authoritativeness: trait-level differences in the desire to control relationship events and have the “final say” in conversations. Females with partners high in authority exhibited marked decreases in testosterone when they were given instructions for how to regulate their emotions likely because they were unable to tune emotional responses to those of their authoritative partners.
The moderation of partner authoritativeness with role effects on testosterone reactivity…

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