Impact of Testosterone on Aspects of Psychology

  • John A. BarryEmail author


This chapter explores what we know about the psychological effects of testosterone in women, both with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and without. Many readers will find this chapter fascinating. The topics include ones that people might think they know about, but are widely misunderstood, such as sexual orientation and aggression. There are other topics in which testosterone has the expected impact on healthy women (such as cognition and libido), but works differently in women with PCOS. There are many surprises in this chapter, not least the evidence that testosterone, a prosocial hormone.


Mental rotation Libido Sexual orientation Aggression Prosocial 


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