Attractive men induce testosterone and cortisol release in women

  title={Attractive men induce testosterone and cortisol release in women},
  author={Hassan H. L{\'o}pez and Aleena Hay and Phoebe H. Conklin},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},

Androgen receptor gene sequence and basal cortisol concentrations predict men's hormonal responses to potential mates

The present study confirms men's hormonal reactions to potential mates and identifies novel biological variables that predict individual differences in these responses and demonstrates that a specific genetic polymorphism predicts physiological responses to social interactions that may in turn have important downstream consequences on men's mating behaviour.

Average Associations Between Sexual Desire, Testosterone, and Stress in Women and Men Over Time

The Steroid/Peptide Theory of Social Bonds is used as a framework for examining how testosterone, solitary and partnered desire, and stress are linked over time and the ways that these results both counter presumptions about testosterone and desire but fit with the existing literature and theory are discussed.

Female Adaptations to Ovulation

Particularly when compared to many other primates, human females appear to have lost any cues to their ovulatory status at some point during our evolutionary past. Until recently, it was assumed that

Testosterone reactivity to facial display of emotions in men and women




The social endocrinology of dominance: basal testosterone predicts cortisol changes and behavior following victory and defeat.

Novel evidence is provided in humans that basal testosterone predicts cortisol reactivity and behavior following changes in social status, and high testosterone winners and losers did not differ in their task preferences.

Psychophysiological and endocrine responses to sexual arousal in women

Healthy, premenopausal, heterosexual women in the follicular phase of their menstrual cycle were randomly assigned to either an experimental or a control group and vaginal vasocongestion and hormones were measured continuously.

Ovulatory Shifts in Female Sexual Desire

An increase in desire as conception probability increases, but only among women who are in committed long‐term relationships; and a shift in the desire for a primary partner as compared with extra‐pair partners as ovulation approaches, dependent upon a woman's evaluation of her primary partner's relative quality are hypothesized.

Impact of gender, menstrual cycle phase, and oral contraceptives on the activity of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.

Although men seem to have a stronger hypothalamic drive in response to stressful stimulation than women, differences in salivary-free cortisol levels, at least in part, may be explained by estradiol-induced changes in corticosteroid-binding protein levels.