found that just being in the presence of a pretty member of the
opposite sex causes a temporary boost in levels of testosterone
and cortisol – both hormones associated with alertness and
around with other men has the opposite affect – reducing the
levels of both substances in the body.
suggest that men could be better off having a chat with their female
friends than going down the pub with their mates.
at the University of California, whose findings are published in
Proceedings of the Royal Society B, carried out the study to see
if humans replicated the boost found in animals known as the “mating
149 male students aged between 18 and 24 with a third interacting
with a male researcher of 25 and the others talking to one of seven
young female undergraduates aged 18 to 22.
After the short
five minute sessions the men were asked to rate the physical attractiveness
of the women between one and seven. The average was 5.83 showing
they found them alluring.
then swished with mouthwash before providing a sample of saliva
into a collection vial which was tested within 20 to 40 minutes
of exposure to the women.
found that just a five minute talk with an attractive women raised
the levels of testosterone by 14 per cent and the anti-stress hormone
cortisol by 48 per cent.
same time with men saw the hormones drop two per cent and seven
per cent respectively.
animals have long shown the same effect in animals which is known
as the u201Cmating responseu201D.