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Sensation seeking and gonadal hormones

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 July 2008

Reid J. Daitzman
Department of Psychology, Fairfield University
Marvin Zuckerman
Department of Psychology, University of Delaware
Paul Sammelwitz
Department of Agricultural Biochemistry, University of Delaware
Venkataseshu Ganjam
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Two samples of male students (N = 25, and N = 51) and a small sample of female students (N = 7) were administered the Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS), and blood samples were drawn on two occasions to determine plasma levels of androgens and oestrogens. Reliable and significant simple and partial correlations were found between the sex hormones and the SSS subscale, Disinhibition. Partial correlations simultaneously controlled for height, weight, age, and recency of orgasm.

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