Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sensation Seeking in Men

The video we saw in class of the people jumping surprised me as did many others. I know that some people will do crazy things just for the thrill, and we would call them sensation seekers. I think I could be somewhat of a sensation seeker. This past semester when I was in Australia I bungee jumped and cliff jumped from water falls. The adrenaline and feeling I had just for those 3 seconds was amazing. However it is not something I would do all the time. I decided to look for information about sensation seekers and found something very interesting regarding men and how strong of a hand grip they have. Several recent studies have found relationships between hand grip strength (HGS) and particular traits. In one such study by Bernhard Fink and his colleagues, explored the relationship between HGS in men and sensation seeking. They tested the proposition that HGS and sensation seeking are positively correlated with levels of testosterone. They measured the HGS of 117 men, and then had them fill out Zuckerman's sensation-seeking scale. They found that HGS of the right hand was positively correlated with individuals over all SSS score. This is very interesting because it means that the stronger a man's HGS, the more likely he is to engage in high sensation seeking activities.


  1. This instantly made me think of the importance of hand shaking when going on an interview or meeting someone for the first time. There is always emphasis on how well you shake someones hand. Men often judge one another on their handshake so this makes sense!

  2. This was a very interesting post! I would not have guessed that handshaking would correlate with engaging in high sensation seeking activities. It is also interesting to think about what made the researcher figure that out in the first place.

  3. I think this positive correlation is very interesting but it makes sense to me. I think they are related in the sense that men with a stronger hand grip have an increased level of testosterone and confidence, which would make them more of a sensation seeker. It makes sense that stronger men would look to more thrilling activities because they are more confident in their strengths and abilities to achieve the activity.