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Testosterone boost feeds US men's hunger for luxury products, study indicates

An extra shot of testosterone, it seems, makes a man act like an animal.

You know the type: one of those male birds who unfurls some of his most spectacular feathers when the ladies are around, or the buck who uses his crown of antlers to advertise his virility. In short, an animal prone to making showy displays of his power, beauty or wealth to win mates, gain allies and intimidate competitors.

But for humans - American men, at least - new research suggests that this testosterone-driven display of prowess finds its expression in a preference for status goods.

Whether it's in his

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