Hormones in Context:
Systems and Controls.
Estrogens and Androgens.
Testosterone and Aggression.
The role of aggression.
Mice and rats.
Flooded with testosterone?
Crimes of violence.
Discussion of hormone concentrations are irrelevant without consideration of the receptors. Both sexes have the potential to develop many of the characteristics of either, since they are mainly coded on the autosomes. So, for instance, transsexuals use hormone medication to achieve the bodily changes that they desire.
Women and testosterone.
Many hormones, in fact, have been implicated in aggression, including adrenocorticotropic hormone, prolactin, estrogen, progesterone, adrenalin as well as testosterone. While most studies on aggression have focused on males and testosterone it would seem reasonable to suggest an interaction with the adrenalin system.
Testosterone as the hormone of Proactivity.
As one writer puts it,(1) it doesn't make sense to measure one hormone in the absence of others. Even if testosterone and its analogues play a leading role, it is only the soloist in the concerto. We must not lose sight of the orchestra.
Next Page: Crimes of violence.
Bibliography and good reading.
Bland, J.,(2004) About Gender: Flooded with testosterone?
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06.05.98 Last amended 12.03.02, 10.03.04