Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Mazur & Booth: Testosterone and dominance

Of mice and men: Androgen dynamics in dominance and reproduction

Denys deCatanzaro a1 and Emily Spironello a1
a1 Department of Psychology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1, Canada [email protected]


In the animal literature, the concept of dominance usually links status in intermale encounters with differential reproductive success. Mazur & Booth effectively review the human literature correlating testosterone with intermale competition, but more profound questions relating this to male–female dynamics have yet to be addressed in research with humans.