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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

McCain Supporters' Testosterone Levels Dropped On Election Night

Posted by on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM

An interesting study out of Duke University...

Political elections are dominance competitions. When men win a dominance competition, their testosterone levels rise or remain stable to resist a circadian decline; and when they lose, their testosterone levels fall. However, it is unknown whether this pattern of testosterone change extends beyond interpersonal competitions to the vicarious experience of winning or losing in the context of political elections.... The present study investigated voters’ testosterone responses to the outcome of the 2008 United States Presidential election. 183 participants provided multiple saliva samples before and after the winner was announced on Election Night. The results show that male Barack Obama voters (winners) had stable post-outcome testosterone levels, whereas testosterone levels dropped in male John McCain and Robert Barr voters (losers). There were no significant effects in female voters.

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very bad homo 2
What an odd thing to study.
Posted by very bad homo on October 21, 2009 at 12:19 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 3
RE: Robert Barr voters. So this applies even when they know they're going to lose? That's weird.
Posted by keshmeshi on October 21, 2009 at 12:21 PM · Report this
Timrrr 4
Actually a very well known effect: has been shown to happen with football, basketball, and soccer fans as well -- when their team has lost. ("vicarious" is more than just a word)
Posted by Timrrr on October 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Gay men would surely have messed up this study, I know that despite my overwhelming support for Obama when I heard about prop 8 my testy levels plummeted.
Posted by Jersey on October 21, 2009 at 1:14 PM · Report this
Andy_Squirrel 6
@4 I am starting to see a correlation between sports viewers and republicans.......I knew there was a reason I hated sports so much......
Posted by Andy_Squirrel on October 21, 2009 at 1:15 PM · Report this
Low testosterone among McCain supporters? Hmm, that explains why gun sales increased
Posted by sall on October 21, 2009 at 1:40 PM · Report this
The Amazing Jim 8
Well, that explains the hair on my back...
Posted by The Amazing Jim on October 21, 2009 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 9
Yeah, it does look odd. Lots of odd basic research stuff like this helps guide applied research in stuff like domestic violence and so on. Weird things like this are cogs in a bigger machine.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 21, 2009 at 3:05 PM · Report this
Y.F. Redux 10
So, essentially Obama supporters castrated the Republican party on election day? Good to know.
Posted by Y.F. Redux on October 21, 2009 at 6:39 PM · Report this
Nova 11
Oh yeah, I heard about this. I think a similar, much older study found that testostorone levels also decrease when your favorite sports team loses.
Posted by Nova on October 21, 2009 at 8:20 PM · Report this

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