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    Default Finger reading

    How the length of your index and ring fingers compare?
    a. Index is longer than ring finger.
    b. Both are equal.
    c. Index is shorter than ring finger.

    I'll start with mine. My index is slightly longer than ring finger.

    "The length of a man's fingers can reveal how physically aggressive he is, Canadian scientists have said.
    The shorter the index finger is compared to the ring finger, the more boisterous he will be, University of Alberta researchers said."

    "It has been known for some time that there is a direct correlation between finger lengths and the amount of the male sex hormone testosterone that a baby is exposed to in the womb.
    In women, the two fingers are usually almost equal in length, as measured from the crease nearest the palm to the fingertip. In men, the ring finger tends to be much longer than the index.
    Other studies looking at finger length ratio have suggested that, in men, a long ring finger and symmetrical hands are an indication of fertility, and that women are more likely to be fertile if they have a longer index finger."

    He has also been looking at whether men with more feminine finger lengths might be more prone to depression.

    He said: "Finger length can tell you a little bit about where personality comes from.

    "A large part of our personalities and our traits are determined while we are still in the womb."

    But he said finger length should not be used to draw too many conclusions about an individual person.

    "For example, you wouldn't want to screen people for certain jobs based on their finger lengths."
    He said Dr Hurd's findings were logical based on what we know about finger length, testosterone exposure and aggression, but said more research was needed to confirm the findings.

    He said another recent study had found women exposed to higher levels of testosterone in the womb, and hence a more 'male' pattern of finger length, displayed more frustrated behaviour when answering challenging telephone calls than other women.
    Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4314209.stm

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    Here's more research.

    Male scientist are good at research because they have the hormone levels of women and long index fingers, a new study says. A survey of academics at the University of Bath has found that male scientists typically have a level of the hormone estrogen as high as their testosterone level.
    These hormone levels are more usual in women than men, who normally have higher levels of testosterone.

    The study draws on research suggesting that these unusual hormone levels in many male scientists cause the right side of their brains, which governs spatial and analytic skills, to develop strongly.

    The study, which as been submitted to the British Journal of Psychology, also makes these observations:

    - These hormonal levels may make male scientists less likely to have children.

    - Men with a higher level of estrogen were more likely than average to have relatives with dyslexia, which may in part be caused by hormonal levels.

    - Women social scientists tended to have higher levels of testosterone, making their brains closer to those of males in general.

    Finger of Fate

    The study drew on work in the last few years which established that the levels of estrogen and testosterone a person has can be seen in the relative length of their index (second) and ring (fourth) fingers. The ratio of the lengths is set before birth and remains the same throughout life.

    The length of fingers is genetically linked to the sex hormones, and a person with an index finger shorter than the ring finger will have had more testosterone while in the womb, and a person with an index finger longer than the ring finger will have had more estrogen. The difference in the lengths can be small -- as little as two or three per cent -- but important.

    A survey of the finger lengths of over 100 male and female academics at the University by senior Psychology lecturer Dr. Mark Brosnan has found that those men teaching hard sciences, like mathematics and physics, tend to have index fingers as long as their ring fingers -- a marker for unusually high estrogen levels for males.

    It also found the reverse: Those male academics with longer ring fingers than index fingers -- the usual male pattern -- tended not to be in science but in social science subjects, such as psychology and education.

    A further study also suggests that prenatal hormone exposure, and hence index finger length, can also influence actual achievement levels. In a survey of male and female students on a JAVA programming course at the University, the researchers found a link between finger length ratio and test score. The smaller the difference between index and ring finger -- the higher the test score at the end of the year.

    Hormonal Career Guidance

    "The results are a fascinating insight into how testosterone and estrogen levels in the womb can affect people's choice of career and how these levels can show up in the length of fingers on our hands," said Dr. Brosnan.

    "In the general population, men typically have higher levels of testosterone than women, but the male scientists at the University of Bath have lower testosterone levels than is usual for men -- their estrogen and testosterone levels tend to match those of women generally.

    "This research now suggests that lower than average testosterone levels in men lead to spatial skills that can give a man the ability to succeed in science. Other research has in the past also suggested that an unusually high level of testosterone can do the same thing by encouraging the development of the right hemisphere.

    "This right brain development is at the expense of language abilities and people skills that men with a more usual level of testosterone develop and which can help them in social science subjects like psychology or education," Dr. Brosnan said.

    Men having levels of testosterone very much higher than normal for males would also create the right hemisphere dominated brain which could help in science. The extremes of low testosterone and high testosterone for men would create the scientific brain, and the normal range in the middle would create the "social science" brain, he explained.

    Women Don't Fit Pattern

    "The question also arises as to why more women, who have this lower level of testosterone, are not in science, which is male-dominated, with only one in 40 science professors being a woman," Dr. Brosnan noted.

    "The short answer is that we don't know: the high levels of estrogen in women may act differently on the brain and not give them the spatial skills that men with similar levels of the hormone have," he speculated.

    "Or their may be social reasons: Science has been male-dominated in the past, and this may be putting women off entering it, even though they are able to," Dr. Brosnan suggested.

    "Why male scientists should have fewer children is not known," he added.

    "The study of my colleagues at the University of Bath was also interesting in that it shows that women in social science tend to have a higher level of testosterone level relative to their estrogen level, making their brains closer to those of men in general," Dr. Brosnan said.


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    Default Re: Finger reading

    I personally think, and I didnt look around if its based on any research, but its logical thinking.

    Males with builder hands with big fat sausage like fingers are less intelligent then males with elegant and subtile hands.

    Usually its the difference between blinking out in theory or in practice, practice people (like in the builder sector) are better with their hands, theory people (computer nerds) are better with their brain.
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