If you’ve always suspected that your man acts without thinking, your suspicion may be correct.
This is because scientists have confirmed that higher levels of testosterone are capable of making men more likely to act first without thinking.
The new study — one of the largest of its type ever conducted — found that the sex hormone increased men’s reliance on gut instinct and made them feel bolder, believing they knew more than they really did.
American researchers examined the underlying behavioural effects of testosterone supplementation, and found that higher amounts increased men’s confidence and their reliance on intuition, and decreased cognitive reflection — the decision-making process by which a person stops to consider whether their gut reaction to something makes sense.
The study, conducted by researchers from Caltech, the Wharton School, Western University, and ZRT Laboratory, found that men given doses of the hormone performed more poorly on brain teasers than a group given a placebo.
“The testosterone group was quicker to make snap judgments where your initial guess is usually wrong,” says Caltech’s Colin Camerer, the Robert Kirby professor of behavioural economics.
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