September 28, 2009
New research from Germany has pointed out that men with long ring fingers (low 2D:4D ratio) may more easily get into trouble – by driving too fast, overtaking on dangerous roads, or parking illegally. For, men with long ring fingers reported more traffic violations!
Earlier research pointed out that men with long ring fingers show more: agression, assertiveness, and they take more financial risks!
|New ring finger research from Germany:
Researchers at the University of Mainz recruited 77 male drivers at an average age of 38. Each volunteer had their left hand scanned to measure the difference in length between the ring and index fingers.
They then had to provide details of all driving offences within the previous five years. Just over a third of the drivers reported having penalty points on their licences, ranging from one to 20, for offences ranging from speeding to drink driving.
The results, published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, showed men with longer ring fingers were more likely to have offended.
In a report on their findings the researchers said: ‘A longer ring finger than index finger was related to more traffic violations. Hormone exposure in the womb might increase traffic violations in later life.’
By the way, earlier reports pointed out that Jamaicans are known for having the long ring finger, and young sprinters with long ring fingers appear to have more sprint talent (indicated by faster sprints) … some anecdotal evidence is provided by Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man – who has the long ring finger … and had a car-crash accident earlier this year!!
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• About: long ring fingers, testosterone & men who drive too fast!
September 7, 2009
While a few years ago early studies had identified a link between various hand characteristics and handness, last year the link was ‘officially’ confirmed in an Australian study that had used a new method for measuring finger length ratio. Now a new BBC internet study by the ‘finger professor’ John T. Manning has confirmed the earlier findings.
TITLE OF THE STUDY:
Digit ratio (2D:4D) and hand preference for writing in the BBC Internet Study.
SUMMARY OF THE STUDY:
“The ratio of the length of the second to the fourth digit (2D:4D) may be negatively correlated with prenatal testosterone. Hand preference has been linked with prenatal testosterone and 2D:4D. Here we show that 2D:4D is associated with hand preference for writing in a large internet sample (n>170,000) in which participants self-reported their finger lengths.”
“We replicated a significant association between right 2D:4D and writing hand preference (low right 2D:4D associated with left hand preference) as well as a significant correlation between writing hand preference and the difference between left and right 2D:4D or Dr-l (low Dr-l associated with left hand preference).”
“A new significant correlation between left 2D:4D and writing hand preference was also shown (high left 2D:4D associated with left hand preference). There was a clear interaction between writing hand preference and 2D:4D: The left 2D:4D was significantly larger than the right 2D:4D in male and female left-handed writers, and the right hand 2D:4D was significantly larger than the left hand 2D:4D in male and female right-handed writers.”
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