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Titolo:
Second to fourth digit ratio and male ability in sport: implications for sexual selection in humans
Autore:
Manning, JT; Taylor, RP;
Indirizzi:
Univ Liverpool, Sch Biol Sci, Populat & Evolutionary Biol Res Unit, Liverpool L69 3BX, Merseyside, England Univ Liverpool Liverpool Merseyside England L69 3BX , Merseyside, England Univ Liverpool, Dept Hist, Football Res Unit, Liverpool L69 3BX, Merseyside, England Univ Liverpool Liverpool Merseyside England L69 3BX , Merseyside, England
Titolo Testata:
EVOLUTION AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR
fascicolo: 1, volume: 22, anno: 2001,
pagine: 61 - 69
SICI:
1090-5138(200101)22:1<61:STFDRA>2.0.ZU;2-U
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
CORONARY-ARTERY DISEASE; CEREBRAL LATERALIZATION; TESTOSTERONE; 2ND; HORMONES; LENGTH; MEN; PERFORMANCE; ANDROGENS; PREDICTOR;
Keywords:
2nd : 4th digit ratio; sports ability; sexual selection;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Agriculture,Biology & Environmental Sciences
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
30
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Manning, JT Univ Liverpool, Sch Biol Sci, Populat & Evolutionary Biol Res Unit, Liverpool L69 3BX, Merseyside, England Univ Liverpool Liverpool Merseyside England L69 3BX , England
Citazione:
J.T. Manning e R.P. Taylor, "Second to fourth digit ratio and male ability in sport: implications for sexual selection in humans", EVOL HUM BE, 22(1), 2001, pp. 61-69

Abstract

Fetal and adult testosterone may be important in establishing and maintaining sex-dependent abilities associated with male physical competitiveness. There is evidence that the ratio of the length of the 2nd and 4th digits (2D:4D) is a negative correlate of prenatal and adult testosterone. We use ability in sports, and particularly ability in football, as a proxy for male physical competitiveness. Compared to males with high 2D:4D ratio, men withlow ratio reported higher attainment in a range of sports and had higher mental rotation scores (a measure of visual-spatial ability). Professional football players had lower 2D:4D ratios than controls. Football players in Ist team squads had lower 2D:4D than reserves or youth team players. Men whohad represented their country had lower ratios than those who had not, andthere was a significant (one-tailed) negative association between 2D:4D and number of international appearances after the effect of country was removed. We suggest that prenatal and adult testosterone promotes the development and maintenance of traits which are useful in sports and athletics disciplines and in male:male fighting. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.

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