testosterone: Study explains why men aren’t as caring as women

Women may be better at empathy than men because of the effects of testosterone on the brain. A new study has revealed that women who had been administered high doses of the hormone took longer to identify emotions and made more mistakes than those who hadn’t taken testosterone


Why aren’t men as caring as women? Blame their hormones! High levels of testosterone affect parts of the brain linked with emotion


  • Researchers in Holland focused on how testosterone affects empathy
  • In women given high doses of the hormone their brain activity changed
  • They were slower to recognise emotions and made more mistakes in tasks
  • The findings show that elevated testosterone can affect how brain regions communicate, reducing a person’s ability to empathise with others