Finger length shows your talent for math / literacy!
November 8, 2008
Finger length shows your talent
Parents can possibly predict their children’s exam performance simply by looking at their hands. British psychologists have linked the results in English and maths tests to the finger length of 7 year old Briths schoolchildren. Pupils with a longer ring finger appear to be more likely to have a talent in math, while those with a shorter ring finger are more likely to have a talent in literacy.
Mark Brosnan, one of the British researchers at the University of Bath, said:
“Testosterone has been argued to promote development of the areas of the brain which are often associated with spatial and mathematical skills.”
“Oestrogen is thought to do the same in the areas of the brain which are often associated with verbal ability. Interestingly, these hormones are also thought to have a say in the relative lengths of our index and ring fingers. We can use measurements of these fingers as a way of gauging the relative exposure to these two hormones in the womb. And, as we have shown through this study, we can also use them to predict ability in the key areas of numeracy and literacy.”
The research project has been published in the British Journal of Psychology. The finger lengths of 75 seven-year-olds British schoolchildren was measured by using photocopies of both their right- and left palm.
Using the scores presented by ‘key stage’ English and maths tests, the researchers compared the measurements of the study group with their performance in the classroom. The researchers found that children with smaller digit ratios – a longer ring finger compared to the finger (+ a greater pre-natal exposure to testosterone) – were more likely to be better at maths than English.