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


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.