Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Leadership Status Affects Cognitive Performance

Tue, February 1, 2005

New study published in February

Leadership status affects cognitive performance of people with relatively higher testosterone levels, according to a new study that will be published in the February issue of Hormones and Behavior. The study was conducted by the psychology research team of Dr. Matt Newman, Dr. Robert Josephs and Jennifer Guinn Sellers at The University of Texas at Austin.

"The desire to regain high status may be the biggest obstacle to regaining it-at least on a cognitive task," Newman said. "Testosterone levels have a lot to do with how people respond to threats and challenges. Both men and women with relatively higher testosterone levels appear to pay more attention to their status in a situation. If their status is threatened, then they are more driven to regain it."

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