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Giving SAT The Finger

by GreatMinds (writer), Huntsville, Alabama, May 23, 2007

According to the LiveScience website today (5/23/2007), professor Mark Brosnan has concluded that students with longer index-fingers-than-ring-fingers can expect to score higher on the verbal/reading/writing portions of the SAT than on the verbal/reading/writing portions, and children with longer ring fingers than index fingers will likely score higher on the math sections of the exam. Professor Brosnan teaches psychology at the University of Bath; that begs the question what was he doing when he decided such a topic deserved study.

It is not particularly news that the difference in length between one's second and fourth fingers is a predictor of spatial-temporal skills and verbal/language skills. Studies have been around for a while that confirm that tendency. The difference is accounted for in hormone levels in the womb during pregnancy. Now, instead of SAT preparation courses, high school juniors around the country will measure their fingers to see where they need to work the most. The ones measuring their fingers with calipers and slide rules need not to go the trouble. The ones who do not know what a caliper or a slide rule is should consider some prep work at least for the math portion.

The study by Brosnan was done by putting kids' hands on copiers and measuring their finger lengths, then comparing relative scores to the data obtained to find whether there is any link. Boys who did not take the SAT were reportedly lined up from the library all the way to the cafeteria to make "other" copies and measurements to post on their MySpace pages. Who said kids don't appreciate science anymore? Sorry guys, but the SAT does not have a science portion.

Prenatal exposure to higher levels of testerone account for longer ring fingers, researchers say; relatively higher estrogen levels tend to reverse the ratio, resulting in longer ring fingers. Some studies, such as discussed in the April, 2007 edition of the Archives of Sexual Behavior, have also concluded that relative exposure to these hormones in the womb strongly predict sexual orientation, and particular finger length ratios have been determined in some studies to correlate to the likelihood whether a man is homosexual or not. The research indicated no significant relationship between finger length and either intelligence style or sexual orientation in women.

Ambivalent men were those who, upon reading of these studies, did not stop to see which finger, their second or fourth, was longest. Outed men were those who bejeweled their long index fingers. Those in the closet lengthen the appearance of their ring fingers by remaining unmarried and staying un-ringed. Not really, but printing that would have made the study more interesting to those with longer index fingers.

Omitted from the study was any research on the middle finger. I predict that kids who score in the 90th percentile or better on the math portion of the SAT tend to communicate less with their middle fingers. I also predict that kids who go to community college and give the SAT their middle finger and wind up running America's small businesses and large manufacturing operations really do not care since they have, in most cases long ago, decided that there are simply more important things to do.


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By GreatMinds on May 23, 2007 at 04:53 pm
There was a poor edit in my draft that I did not catch until publication. In the first paragraph, the sentence should read, "Mark Brosnan has concluded that students with longer index-fingers-than-ring-fingers can expect to score higher on the verbal/reading/writing portions of the SAT than on the math portions .....".
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By GreatMinds on May 23, 2007 at 04:55 pm
Boy, did I ever rush this one in. Too many fingers. Another bad edit, here's a correction: ".... relatively higher estrogen levels tend to reverse the ratio, resulting in longer index fingers." My apologies to everyone.
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By Regina88 on June 04, 2014 at 06:06 am

I am so much interested in that pozycjonowanie

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