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Title: Fairness: A Dual-Hormone Regulation Approach
Keywords: Fairness, Testosterone, Cortisol, Dual-hormone regulation, Stress, Ultimatum Game
Issue Date: 27-Apr-2012
Citation: SMRITHI MOHAN PRASAD (2012-04-27). Fairness: A Dual-Hormone Regulation Approach. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Previous research that studied the relationship between testosterone and bargaining behaviors in the Ultimatum Game met with equivocal results (e.g. Burnham, 2007; Zethraeus & colleagues, 2009). We sought to address this inconsistency by examining how other interacting hormonal systems, i.e. that of cortisol?s, might impact the relationship of testosterone and reactions to unfair offers in the Ultimatum Game, using the dual-hormone regulation approach (Mehta & Josephs, 2010). Study 1 examined the interaction between basal testosterone and cortisol whereas in Study 2 we manipulated cortisol levels using a social stress task. In Study 1, the results indicated that the interaction between testosterone and cortisol was moderately significant though it was in the opposite direction of that predicted. However, in Study 2, testosterone was positively associated with the rejection of unfair offers in the control condition but this relationship was suppressed in the stress condition (higher cortisol). Implications of these biological markers on organizational phenomena like stress and injustice are discussed.
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