Testosterone and human aggression: an evaluation of the challenge hypothesis

@article{Archer2006TestosteroneAH,
  title={Testosterone and human aggression: an evaluation of the challenge hypothesis},
  author={J. Archer},
  journal={Neuroscience \& Biobehavioral Reviews},
  year={2006},
  volume={30},
  pages={319-345}
}
  • J. Archer
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
Research on testosterone-behavior relationships in humans is assessed in relation to a version of the challenge hypothesis, originally proposed to account for testosterone-aggression associations in monogamous birds. Predictions were that that testosterone would rise at puberty to moderate levels, which supported reproductive physiology and behavior. Sexual arousal and challenges involving young males would raise testosterone levels further. In turn, this would facilitate direct competitive… Expand
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