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Okay, are competitive board gamers *roundheads* OR *eggheads*?

edited August 2014 in Science
High facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) has been associated with a cluster of behavioural traits in men, including aggression and status-striving. This association between face structure and behaviour may be caused by testosterone.

There is convincing literature indicating a rise in testosterone levels following perceived success in a competitive situation (winning and in exposure to potential mates). Two consequences follow: firstly, men who exhibit a stronger hormonal reaction to positive outcomes of competitive or mating situations will be exposed to more testosterone compared to those men who have a lesser reaction. Secondly, irrespective of individual differences in hormone reactivity, those men that experience winning more competitive situations will have higher total exposure.
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  • There were similar discussions in the financial world with regard to trader performance. Testosterone levels were linked to higher performance, but also higher risk acceptance.
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