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It’s not you, it’s my hormones Testosterone Influences | Lisa Welling | TEDxOaklandUniversity

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My research finds that increases in testosterone is associated with increased preferences for sexually dimorphic (i.e., masculinity in males and femininity in females) characteristics and changes in self-perception. Specifically, research shows that testosterone influences perceptions by increasing preferences for masculine men and feminine women, and influencing men's perceptions of their own dominance. This research demonstrates that, far from being arbitrary, our preferences and perceptions are at least in part governed by biological processes and that beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder. Dr. Lisa Welling is an Assistant Professor at Oakland University. Her Ph.D., entitled Individual Differences in Face Preferences, was completed in 2008 and was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Grounded in evolutionary reasoning, Dr. Welling’s research generally surrounds three related areas: hormonal influences on behavior, sources of adaptive mate preferences, and interpersonal relationships. In addition to having co-edited a book entitled Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology, Dr. Welling has published five book chapters and more than fifty scientific journal articles. Her research has been featured in the media multiple times on programs including lthe Oprah Winfrey Show and the Discovery Channel documentary Curiosity. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Leonard Crainie (22 hours ago)
14:12 lmao fragile masculinity
Spencer H (4 days ago)
Does anyone else also find the presenter annoying af?
Jess Rob (5 days ago)
Some of the claims she's making seem really questionable. Masculine men have "less interest in children" but how are you defining "masculine"? What was your sample size and what groups were you sampling from?
Sam Clay (10 days ago)
i like how when she told a joke no one laughed
Jacob Komnath (13 days ago)
that freaking mic
Snoop Catt (15 days ago)
I noticed all the faces she chose or either European or Asian. Her racism is palpable
mrsuperpatg (15 days ago)
How do you make a hormone? Don't pay her.
Andreea DIY (18 days ago)
I'm bi or pan, so i don't care if someone is more masculine or more feminine
Olivia Weinreich (19 days ago)
dont let any incels watch this bro
Doesn't help me that I look a few years younger than my age at 22...
89burni (25 days ago)
Scott Gardner (1 month ago)
Wouldn't this talk trigger all those pathetic SJW's? They hate scientifically proven facts.
king morons (1 month ago)
what is this female saying ? never listen to what a women said or think
Jackie Burns (2 months ago)
So if I win the lottery it will have no impact on my dating life???
Patrick Mallilo (2 months ago)
Hypergamy 101
youtubingbabs (2 months ago)
This research seems flat and basic like a Cosmo or Maxim article. I haven't watched it all yet though. Lol.
Paweł Wolnicki (2 months ago)
Strange that there is no high comment about the attractivness of Lisa Welling...
saelaird (3 months ago)
Awful sound. Sound guy needs sacking.
Maxi Iroh (3 months ago)
My ex-gf loved my smell, i think she's kind of crazy for it.
R Kaiser (3 months ago)
This is incredibly heterocentrist and eurocentrist. I stopped watching halfway through
alexis smith (3 months ago)
Can anyone confirm her research??
Jack Daniel (3 months ago)
So in other words, always look for a partner you can develop a non-physical relationship with, even if you're hormone crazy.
mechaart (4 months ago)
Marc Rudolph: "If she asks what kind of job you have" Man: "Doctor" Woman: "House in Malibu" Man: "I work at a fast food restaurant" Woman: "Chevy Malibu"
Doffy (4 months ago)
Kerenton (4 months ago)
Looks > Everything.
Xoned (4 months ago)
so incels are right?
Bogdan V (4 months ago)
Very interesting and exactly what I have concluded prior to watching this.
GOLDFISH (4 months ago)
i think shes trying to explain and reason her own sluttiness
GOLDFISH (4 months ago)
can i just mention i get boners from looking at fleshlights. this study is hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
john N (4 months ago)
This explains why girls like justin bieber and women like The ROCK!!!!
J. Alexander (4 months ago)
This comment section looks like a combination of hopelessness and denial.
Nicodemus Tretyakov (4 months ago)
People are shallow cunts. Big surprise there.
Railediver Mandefreye (4 months ago)
This is proof that Soy must be banned.
Kibitzer (4 months ago)
Oh yeah, the picture on the left is more attractive. Lisa: "The picture on the right is the more attractive one."
KillTheMethod (4 months ago)
I personally don't care much for women who are very female typical. I've found I tend to be most attracted to women who are more androgynous and don't wear make-up. The hoodie and messy bun look is hot. Don't mark yourselves down, ladies. Bonus points if you're a nerdy professor girl.
TheHypercasual (4 months ago)
2vain4u (4 months ago)
whenever you disagree with the majority on what is an attractive face, 90% of the time, it's because you are trying to defend their personality, of course there are exceptions though when you truly think a face is physically attractive but most people don't agree, but this is rare.
XavierKatzone (4 months ago)
Well done!
mcox88 (4 months ago)
Jeez if men testosterone fluctuates that much women are screwed. Their hormones are bouncing all over the place and if that’s relevant to a mans testosterone she will never be right. No wonder birth control makes chicks crazy. It’s like a guy taking steroids ur getting it when you shouldn’t do it fucks with you
Jose B. (4 months ago)
Has anyone done a Ted talk about taking away women’s rights yet?
Over Analyze (4 months ago)
Liberals are losing there minds over this stuff. What gender they were assigned at birth LOLOLOL
Lightest Asian (4 months ago)
Explain michael jackson
H Smith (4 months ago)
What an inhumane way to see humans.
jefgir (4 months ago)
I want to send this video to a friend that doesn't speak english. Please allow the viewers to subtitle the video.
meyoudodo (4 months ago)
that's it i'm buying a rigged coin
Stephen Dedalus (4 months ago)
It's over for you if you're not Chad.
いぬとかねことか (4 months ago)
Honestly, I find the ones rated the "most attractive" to often be the least attractive. I was always a fan of the more androgynous looks than anything.
SlakjeJasper (4 months ago)
5 dollar mic
djen V (4 months ago)
I would like to put my genetic material in her
いぬとかねことか (4 months ago)
L O L .
mangaka08 (4 months ago)
*Moral of the story: if you're masculine, go after women in the morning and if you're feminine, go after women in the evening.*
Shispirina (4 months ago)
Those graphs don't start from zero, therefore deceive into thinking the difference is meaningful when it's not (actually, is 5% at most in all of her graphs). That plus her remarks seem to me like a innapropiate manipulation for a supposedly serious research. If you are a responsible scientist you just accept your results and present them with the impact they have. Trying to disguise them is a cheap resource, completely non academic, and just disgusts me.
いぬとかねことか (4 months ago)
wow good point, and well said..
Dorian Sz (4 months ago)
All those negative comments are just selfish egoistic Bitches. Its not about you, just because you dont like pizza that doesnt man that most people also dont. Its that simple
William (4 months ago)
"When men win their testosterone levels rise, they go through the roof whilst those for the losers plunges''. - Shows graph where winners only have 10% higher testosterone levels.
7906jun (4 months ago)
one word: "ladybug"
So if you like a woman before approaching her find out the details of her menstruation cycle and calculate on what day you should approach her, depending on how masculine you are. You will have more chances to be liked back.If you are a feminine man, make her pregnant first and then approach. Women prefer feminine traits more during the period of pregnancy.
Brad Pitt (4 months ago)
Crazy cat lady alert!!
Bill Smart (5 months ago)
What's the hormone for love of money? Seems when all women find a man with money, and out comes their hooks and claws.
Nivajoe (4 months ago)
NidusFormicarum (5 months ago)
In the first example, I prefer the middle face: the left face is cute, but the middle one looks more aggressive which attracts me more. The right one looks a bit too masculine.
Chan V (5 months ago)
worst tedx talk ever
dafff08 (5 months ago)
Sander Mez (5 months ago)
racism has a new face in the future. Before it was scientific studies proving africans have lower IQs. today its the dismissal of "feminine" looking men and "masculine" looking women. By this woman's statement, asian men, who have less body hair and rounder faces, are less attractive... I see what you did there ;)
Adrian A (5 months ago)
Rishav (5 months ago)
change mic
Mac Mcleod (5 months ago)
As a testicular cancer survivor, who uses testosterone supplementation, my testosterone level varies from under 200 to over 1500 in a few cases. It had no effect on what I was attracted to. It did affect my morning wood... but also the quality of my sleep, the clarity or foginess of my thinking, whether or not I felt constant dread all the time, whether or not I had night sweats. So at the least.. I'm a counter example. I suspect height and income are more important than testosterone levels.
Christian H (5 months ago)
The world isn't sunshine and roses, people are shallow, whoop de fuckin doo.
Leo Joey (5 months ago)
but I wanna know why I like manly guys can someone do a study on the effects that hormones have on gays. please, before it becomes offensive (if it isn't already in this PC culture)
Tom (5 months ago)
Her voice is really annoying for some reason. I think it is because I am cohabitation with a different female right now. So when I hear her voice, it is just annoying?
Tom (4 months ago)
Brad Pitt What I can't understand is how you spend so many years wuth Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Anniston. Why not just stay MGTOW and let the good times roll?
Brad Pitt (4 months ago)
Tom Interesting... I thought I was the only one who wanted to put a screwdriver through my head watching this. My personal theory is that it’s not just the high pitched voice, it’s also the exaggerated, forced quality to it and the conflicting message of a very masculine personality, it just screams fake and also not very pleasant to the ear.
Khalif Foster (5 months ago)
It tells you that from within the most beautiful and handsome that is feminine and masculinity as visually most important base on your hormones, but it is inside that count that most and you work hard against to your natural programming and adjust your hormones after all, hormones affect behavior, so it is not natural as automatically, it is about work that we must do to feel attract forever to friends, babies, anything, so behavior is the dominance over hormones, that is why there is problem because they rely hormones more than work there are divorce, ignoring friends, etc, this is good proof that we must work unlike animals are in control of themselves thru hormones, we are in control of ourselves thru our work that beat the hormones to success. So, it is not natural, but nurture that we pick behavior that is new which it becomes learns and keep what we learn, not lost what we learn, because we can unlearn the negative by action or un-except unlearn the positive by action or non-action so it becomes negative, like divorce, not interest in friends, etc, so best to keep it. So, it depends by action, positive or negative. So, it is good title that will help to understand love and to change from hate to love, or non-love to love, well, to range of positive that is like to love. So, those hormones do affect transmitter in our brains that is positive and negative. It is good that is need for people that are in jail and people that are mean in jail, that is guards or visual stuff in jail like bathroom in open, and other stuff. So, all is connect, not separate as one issue, but other issues. One issue that is attract to beauty, but attract to right and wrong by our action.
sophie m (5 months ago)
I love that Ted has videos like this that has science behind why people look good and then they have Ted talks that say the complete opposite.
kittendivine1 (5 months ago)
One thing I don't get is this: high testosterone in women makes them attracted to masculine men, but high testosterone makes women's faces more masculine and thus less attractive to those men?
Turquoise Dream (5 months ago)
I am a femme girl who is only attracted to other femme girls
Isabelle Thioux (5 months ago)
Physical attractiveness? Only ever works until the point the person starts talking *Facepalm*
indiciaobscure (5 months ago)
hmm...that's interesting. I usually prefer somewhere between left and middle male face, and my tests indicate low testosterone.
Jesus El bg (5 months ago)
Whats the point
Dick Hamilton (5 months ago)
none of this matters. interactions between individuals are not mediated by average or bulk characteristics.
stoned ape (5 months ago)
731 soybois disliked
Arbănaş Claudiu (5 months ago)
It was clearly stated that behavior affects hormones and yet so many here complain about having a group of symptoms generated by having very imbalanced hormone levels. If its obvious that POCS is mainly created by your behavior. why don't you try changing your behavior?
Syno Nymous (5 months ago)
But what about the queers?
Charles Engels (5 months ago)
Sorry, but I can't possibly continue listening to this, as the poor sound makes the message unintelligible.
Kris 82 (6 months ago)
Science boils everything down to statistics and chance...leaving out the most important part out of the equation...the intelligent consciousness, the great I AM....God. Sad. That same science agrees that on the smallest level we're made up of atoms with electrons binding everything together. So we're essentially energy and not physical at all and as such can be altered, changed in an instant. Now how science explains love? Just a bunch of hormones...duh. But why can I feel when another person is focusing on me with love if it should be created by my own body. We are all more interconnected then we care to accept.
Bill Chaffee (6 months ago)
I get blasted with those loud commercials so I turned the volume down, then silence when the woman came on. I could barely hear what she said when I turned the volume all the way up.
- Ikarus - (6 months ago)
Not sure how valid this stuff is; I think its more likely that the environment you're raised in affects what you deem attractive. I say this because in Korea and other asian countries the hypo-masculine man is often deemed less desirable. Edit: Woah! I'm the 1000th comment. I hope I get a free prize
Mad Maximus (6 months ago)
I'm Lobster!
Lexi Fisccher (6 months ago)
i feel this isnt very well rounded or optimistic view. but perceptions have changed since 2015
why is genetic fitness the criteria. I understand that reproduction is necessary for the survival of the species. However, it's not the masculine trait that is attractive. It is the reason there is a masculine trait that is attractive. men have two hormones dht and testosterone and women have a myriad of hormones but everything else is just personal preference. If you can modify a photo to make it appear more masculine without being more masculine. Women may find it more attractive because they've been conditioned to like those features from seeing men they were more attracted to.
Moni B (6 months ago)
I don't need this kind of negativity in my life.
Pretentious speech
Croaklikeatoad (6 months ago)
What if masculine women and feminine men are more likely to be victims of constant, minor acts of discrimination? This would increase stress and decrease things like immune system function.
barrington hebert (6 months ago)
"masculine men tend to have more one night stands and are more dishonest" ooookay lady
Malacophile (4 months ago)
There are studies showing that higher testosterone levels are associated with greater honesty, stronger moral values, integrity, loyalty and generosity in both men and women. In my own experiences, I've generally noticed this to be the case (there are always outliers).
Paul Amicel (6 months ago)
This is a meme
Shubert McWilbur (6 months ago)
Sounds like nature is trying to have the women actually conceive the masculine guy's child, then get the less masculine guy to raise it.
genetics is a social construct
AdmiralGrusbil (6 months ago)
She is far more interesting to listen to than feminists
James Love Whitley Music (6 months ago)
What I find fascinating about this is right at the end... That merely percieving to be superior increased men's testosterone! That is very interesting indeed, and empowering! Because that means it's all in our minds.
Oliver Queen (6 months ago)
I'm a manly man
Lance G (6 months ago)
She's fine
JORDY J (6 months ago)
Who would win: A beautiful person...Or a hormone boi.
mwsx (6 months ago)
I dont think that at any point a guy would choose the more masculine girl over the feminine, testosterone or not..
Muri - Meido In Hebun (6 months ago)
Some guys like androgynous-looking girls
Jeeto (6 months ago)
Her original photograph (and herself in this talk) is way more attractive than either of the simulated ones
D_simic (6 months ago)
its like watching rollo tomassi-rational male

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