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This just in fromWired Science, Republican men who learned that Obama had been elected president had lowered testosterone levels, nearly matching those of women.

Comparison of testosterone levels pre- and post election of Pres. Obama

Comparison of testosterone levels pre- and post election of Pres. Obama

…liberal testosterone levels stayed stable, while those of male Republican voters plummeted. The latter also reported feeling submissive and unhappy.

There are many ways to read these results, which are based on saliva samples taken from 183 men and women as the polls closed, and again when President Obama’s victory was officially announced.

First, male voters get the same vicarious boost from a candidate’s political victory as they would their favorite sports team beating a rival. That’s the main academic finding of the study, published Wednesday in Public Library of Science ONE, but one that seems rather self-evident.

Much more interesting is the split. Obama voter testosterone merely stabilized. The researchers suggest that, as nighttime testosterone levels typically dip, stabilization “is conceptually similar to a rise.”

But if testosterone usually just dips at night, it positively plummeted for Republican men.

Indeed, Republican men “felt significantly more controlled, submissive, unhappy and unpleasant at the moment of the outcome” than those who voted for Obama, the researchers wrote. “Moreover, since the dominance hierarchy shift following a presidential election is stable for four years, the stress of having one’s political party lose control of executive policy decisions could plausibly lead to continued testosterone suppression in males.”

This is just too funny!

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Written by Valerie Curl

October 22, 2009 at 12:19 PM

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  1. Research project: do low testosterone levels make Fox News * reporters cranky?

    * Full title: “Fox: News Seen through the Eyes of the GOP’s publicist.”

    Ken Ballweg

    October 30, 2009 at 9:24 AM


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