Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Mazur & Booth: Testosterone and dominance

Androgens and human behaviour: A complex relationship

Paul F. Brain a1
a1 School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales Swansea, Swansea SA2 8PP, United Kingdom


The claimed link between dominance and free testosterone is an intriguing one but problems remain in attempting to link this single hormonal measure to human behaviour. These include the heterogeneous nature of dominance, the precise nature of the correlation(s), and whether only testosterone is important.