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Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Linda Walsh

Keywords

Human behavior--Endocrine aspects; Cognition;

Abstract

There is evidence that high prenatal testosterone and the ratio of the index finger to the ring finger are correlated. There is also evidence that male-typical finger ratios correlate positively with male-typical tasks such as targeting and negatively correlated with female-typical tasks. This study examines the correlation between the digit ratio and the dart throwing task and also the digit ratio and Baron-Cohen’s Reading the Mind in the Eyes test. A different digit ratio, the ratio of the index finger and the ring finger to the pinky is also collected and correlated with both of the other tests. Sometime during the study, a pattern of length change across the two hands was also observed and this was also correlated. The only significant result observed is that men perform, on average (x=7.101 cm, SD=2.0183), better than women did (x=9.338 cm, SD=2.2869).

Date of Award

2011

Department

Department of Psychology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original

2011

Object Description

27 p.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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