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The Hormone of Competition . . .

After a soccer match, the losers’ testosterone levels will probably be lower than the winners’ (though it may be that this won’t be so if the winners think their victory was a fluke). And among the spectators, even fans of the losers will experience a testosterone drop.

Whatever this phenomenon means, it’s reasonable to wonder if it applies to politics as well. According to this study, it does: male McCain voters’ testosterone levels went down after their loss was announced last Election Day, while Obama men’s hormone levels stayed stable.

I’ve written some overarching thoughts about last week’s presidential election, but I wanted to dwell on one of its more fascinating aspects: the extent to which the Republican party was […]

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