Current Psychology

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 45–51 | Cite as

The Deal on Testosterone Responses to Poker Competition

  • Eric T. Steiner
  • Kimberly A. Barchard
  • Marta Meana
  • Freidun Hadi
  • Peter B. Gray


The following study investigated the effect of poker competition on testosterone (T) responses. Thirty-two participants played one-on-one poker in a lab on campus. Saliva samples were obtained before and after the poker games. On average, participants produced a significant increase in T during the competition, with no difference between winners and losers. This study is the first of its kind to examine T responses in a gambling competition. Possible implications for destructive gambling behaviors are discussed.


Testosterone Competition Gambling Poker 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric T. Steiner
    • 1
  • Kimberly A. Barchard
    • 1
  • Marta Meana
    • 1
  • Freidun Hadi
    • 2
  • Peter B. Gray
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasUSA
  3. 3.Department of Anthropology and Ethnic StudiesUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasUSA

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