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January 13, 2009 – Comments (9) | RELATED TICKERS: GROW , AUXL

I can't exactly remember the last time I measured a part of my anatomy, I'm sure it was in my early teens. But my ring finger wasn't the appendage in question. Anyway, my ring finger is a good 3/8 inch longer than the index finger. But who's bragging?

Longer ring finger may make men better traders

Updated Mon. Jan. 12 2009 5:03 PM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

A man with a longer ring finger may be appealing to more than just the woman who wants to put a wedding band on it.

A new study involving 44 male financial traders suggests that those with a longer ring finger relative to the index finger are more likely to be successful in their jobs.

Previous studies have shown that the length ratio of index finger to ring finger is a measure of prenatal exposure to male sex hormones, or androgens.

Exposure to these hormones in utero can impact the brain's development and can influence confidence levels and the ability to react quickly to various stimuli.

Researcher John Coates and colleagues from the University of Cambridge believe their study indicates that exposure to prenatal androgens can improve concentration and allow traders to make decisions on short notice, making them more effective at their work.

"Our results suggest that prenatal androgens increase risk preferences and promote more rapid visuomotor scanning and physical reflexes," the authors wrote. "The success and longevity of traders exposed to high levels of prenatal androgens further suggests that financial markets may select for biological traits rather than rational expectations."

The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

9 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 14, 2009 at 12:04 AM, falang1 (96.68) wrote:

Do people really have ring fingers shorter than their index fingers? For me it's not even close. I'll have to peruse the coworkers and then make assumptions about them.

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#2) On January 14, 2009 at 12:51 AM, falang1 (96.68) wrote:

Do people really have ring fingers shorter than their index fingers? For me it's not even close. I'll have to peruse the coworkers and then make assumptions about them.

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#3) On January 14, 2009 at 6:26 AM, TMFDeej (99.26) wrote:

Ha interesting stuff, but come on a study of only 44 traders.  According to my study of one, I'm the most awesome person in the world :).

Deej

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#4) On January 14, 2009 at 7:59 AM, KWT8011 (< 20) wrote:

According to these researchers, gay women probably make great traders. I remember reading a blurb about a study a while back looking at ring versus index fingers in straight women and gay women, and there was a correlation between a long ring finger and being a lesbian (I think they also chalked it up to testosterone/androgen exposure in utero).

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#5) On January 14, 2009 at 8:40 AM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

Which one is the index finger?

Does girth count for anything?

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#6) On January 14, 2009 at 9:35 AM, GNUBEE (24.34) wrote:

The correlation is supposed to indicate higher levels of testoterone. Saw a discovery, or PBS on it. Pretty interesting, they got a group of runners together, and based on finger length, they sucessfully placed all runners (5-or 6) in their finishing places before the race. Might be the same chaps..They were British

The researcher who postulated this had a simple theory, longer ring finger made anyone Man/woman better at stereotypically male tasks, and vice versa. The bigger the disparity, the better you were at male tasks. So KWT, that would agree with what you are saying too.

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#7) On January 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:

Alright motelyanimal, fess up. You are just trying to brag, I bet yor ring finger is even longer than your middle finger, right? :) Just kidding. Yeah, it is really interesting how much our extremeties tell about us / are connected to our bodies. The Romans believed that there was a direct connection from the artery in your ring finger to your heart, which is why we customarily put our wedding ring on our ring finger (now we know our arterial network is significantly more complex). :)

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#8) On February 02, 2009 at 4:23 PM, tally2007 (69.45) wrote:

Hello Motley Animal,

Interesting article. I'll have to use it somewhere on my site.

Anyway, was just worried about you finding that "right" woman, so check out my latest blip on Valentine's Day, so you'll know just what to do. I have a way for you to woo the one you want.

Happy Feb!

Talia 

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#9) On February 04, 2009 at 9:44 PM, gne1963 (74.11) wrote:

Now this song will be playing thru my head every day!

Thanks for the idea motleyanimal... you rock.

Don't Stop Thinkin About Tomorrow!

gne1963

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