Hand-grip strength and sensation seeking

Fink, Bernhard, Hamdaoui, Aicha, Wenig, Frederike and Neave, Nick (2010) Hand-grip strength and sensation seeking. Personality and Individual Differences, 49 (7). pp. 789-793. ISSN 0191-8869

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.06.032


Sensation seeking denotes the tendency to seek novel, varied, complex, and intense sensations and experiences, and describes the willingness to take risks for the sake of such experiences. Some studies have demonstrated correlates of both circulating and prenatal testosterone with sensation seeking. Hand-grip strength (as a measure of overall muscular strength) is also known to show associations with measures of circulating testosterone, and certain physical and behavioural characteristics, particularly in men. This study examines the possible relationship between hand-grip strength and sensation seeking, assessed via the Sensation Seeking Scale Form V (SSS-V) in 117 males aged 18–30 years. A positive and significant correlation was found between hand-grip strength and SSS-V total score and thrill and adventure seeking (TAS) after controlling for weight, height, and engagement with sporting activities. We discuss our findings with reference to other studies reporting associations between biological and personality characteristics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: personality, sensation seeking, testosterone, hand-grip strength
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 16:38
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 16:29
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5209

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