Sometimes our patience runs thin and we jump to conclusions or make rash decisions, which can often result in regret. Well, according to a new study, men can at least blame those moments of impulse on testosterone.
A team of researchers set out to determine how increased levels of testosterone could impact the ways men make decisions. They believed that higher testosterone levels make dudes more likely to rely on intuition and less likely to consider logistics.
The study analyzed a group of 243 randomly selected men; of that group, some received a dose of testosterone and some received a placebo. The men were then given a cognitive reflection test in the form of a math problem. They were given as much time as they needed, and received $1 for each correct answer and $2 if they answered every question correctly.
The participants were asked questions like this: “A bat and ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does each object cost?”
People who are more likely to trust their gut instincts would give the answer of the ball costing $0.10, but those who reconsider and use their cognitive reflection would be able to produce the correct answer: The ball really costs $0.05 and the bat costs $1.05.
The study concluded that the men who received the testosterone had, on average, about 20 percent fewer correct answers than the men who received the placebo. Researchers found that the men who received testosterone “gave incorrect answers more quickly and correct answers more slowly than the placebo group” showing “a clear and robust casual effect of (testosterone) on human cognition and decision-making.”
So the next time you get the blame for choosing a crappy restaurant or driving in the wrong direction, just let everyone know that it’s not really your fault.