Testosterone lies at the heart of maleness, and is involved in aggression, competitiveness, and risk-taking — all essential in our evolution. Joe Herbert describes the fascinating insights revealed by modern research into this primeval power that shaped our history and lurks below the veneer of our civilized modern world.
- Describes the extraordinary insights from modern research into the workings of an ancient molecule that enabled us to survive and reproduce and shaped our history
- Shows how testosterone forms males, changing the body, and what we know of its role in the male brain
- Discusses the role of testosterone in sexuality, aggression, competition, and risk-taking, in war, and on the trading room floor
- Considers efforts to manage the potency of testosterone in violent offenders and rapists
- Includes updated material on the exciting and growing research into the role played by testosterone in women and in street gangs.
About the Author(s)
Joe Herbert, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, Cambridge University
Joe Herbert is Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, Cambridge University and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. His areas of expertise include the role of hormones in the ability of the adult brain to make new nerve cells (neurons) and repair the brain; how hormones regulate behavior; the neuroscience of stress; how hormones, genes and the social and psychological environment interact to promote the risk for depression; and studies on the way that hormones and genes influence financial decision-making. He has authored (and
co-authored) around 250 scientific papers on these topics, and is the author of The Minder Brain: How your brain keeps you alive, protects you from danger, and ensures that you reproduce (World Scientific Press, 2007).
"'Hormones' and 'a gripping read' rarely feature in the same sentence, but perhaps surprisingly to the science non-aficionados among us, Testosterone achieves precisely this: it whisks the reader through the multifaceted roles of testosterone with clarity and intriguing examples... Herbert has managed to produce a solid didactic experience in some of the biological aspects of sex and gender for those interested in biology as such, and also for those more inclined to wider gender issues alike." - Anna Hollingsworth, Varsity
"Herbert's book is refreshingly sensitive to the gamut of testosterone's effects" - Newsweek Europe, Peter Leggatt
"It is the best of hormones, it is the worst of hormones. Joe Herbert leads a guided tour through human evolution using the multifaceted hormone as his lens and vehicle." - New Scientist, Bob Grant
"Testosterone is a very good read on an interesting subject" - BBC Focus, Dr Dean Burnett
"Herbert's study makes clear that testosterone a small but powerful molecule has helped shape our history" - Dr Ian Miller, Times Literary Supplement
"Testosterone ... provokes its readers into considering the role of our biological inheritance in influencing how we cope with modern society" - Dr Ian Miller, Times Literary Supplement
"Herbert challenges us to pay closer attention to the role of our biological inheritance in shaping virtually all aspects of our existence" - Dr Ian Miller, Times Literary Supplement
"an engaging whistlestop tour of the science surrounding [testosterone]" - Daily Mail, Nick Rennison