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A new study shows that testosterone is more increased after the match in the winners. The sample was an "elite collegiate wrestling team". So both winners and losers experience an increase, it's just a bigger increase in the winners. The article refers to an acute testosterone response that I know nothing about, but I have ideas. Cortisol and epinephrine did not significantly differ between winners and losers.

This effect of winning reminds me of a report I heard on NPR this morning about Obama's new slogan: Win the Future. I agree, as they said, that "it's got teeth". There's a lot of unpacking to do in that slogan. And collectively, we may increase our testosterone yet.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/fitness/Winners-have-higher-testosterone-levels/articleshow/7366420.cms

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/29/133311906/will-win-the-future-be-a-winner-for-obama

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d2leddy
Jan. 30th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm. Testosterone is also toxic.
liveonearth
Jan. 30th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
You mean in the form of what we call "testosterone poisoning" which usually involves heroic feats which the man later regrets? Or??
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