Relationships between digit ratio (2D:4D) and sex-typed play behavior in pre-school children

Honekopp, Johannes and Thierfelder, Christine (2009) Relationships between digit ratio (2D:4D) and sex-typed play behavior in pre-school children. Personality and Individual Differences, 47 (7). pp. 706-710. ISSN 0191-8869

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Juvenile play shows sex differences in animals and humans. Animal studies and a recent study in humans suggest that testosterone exposure during early development plays a key role. Here we report on the relationship between children’s sex-typed play behavior and digit ratio (2D:4D), a putative negative correlate of prenatal testosterone. 2D:4D and sex-typed play behavior as assessed by parents were negatively correlated in a sample of 83 pre-school boys but not in a sample of 93 girls. This finding lends some support to the ideas that early testosterone has a masculinising effect upon sex-typed play behavior in humans and that 2D:4D is a valuable tool for studying effects of early testosterone on human behavior.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sex difference, testosterone, 2D:4D
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2010 15:52
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:43

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