The hormonal correlates of implicit power motivation

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Stanton SJ, Schultheiss O
Journal: Journal of research in personality
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2009
Volume: 43
Journal issue: 6
Pages range: 942-949
ISSN: 0092-6566
Language: English


Attempts to link testosterone to dominance dispositions using self-report measures of dominance have yielded inconsistent findings. Similarly, attempts to link testosterone changes to a situational outcome like winning or losing a dominance contest have yielded inconsistent findings. However, research has consistently shown that an indirect measure of an individual’s dominance disposition, implicit power motivation, is positively related to baseline testosterone levels and, in interaction with situational out- comes, predicts testosterone changes. We propose a hormonal model of implicit power motivation that describes how testosterone levels change as an interactive function of individuals’ implicit power motivation and dominance situations. We also propose that estradiol, and not testosterone, plays a key role in dominance motivation in women.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Schultheiss, Oliver Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Psychologie (Motivation, Emotion und Lernen)

External institutions
Duke University

How to cite

Stanton, S.J., & Schultheiss, O. (2009). The hormonal correlates of implicit power motivation. Journal of research in personality, 43(6), 942-949.

Stanton, Steven J., and Oliver Schultheiss. "The hormonal correlates of implicit power motivation." Journal of research in personality 43.6 (2009): 942-949.


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