Presentation Title: Prenatal Testosterone and Self-Report Predicts Others’ Perceptions of Leadership Behaviors

Section: Poster Session Group 2 2

Location: , Great Hall

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:45pm - 3:30pm


Past studies have documented a strong correlation between the 2D: 4D ratio of the right hand and prenatal testosterone exposure (e.g., Lutchmaya et al., 2004), such that that those with a lower 2D: 4D ratio experienced higher testosterone in utero. Past studies have also explored the influence of testosterone on personality and found that circulating testosterone reliably predicts status-seeking behavior (Sellers et. al, 2007).  However, studies looking at the 2D: 4D ratio as a proxy for the organizational influence of testosterone during brain development have not found a consistent correlation with personality traits.

The present study examined the relationship between individuals finger ratio, self, and informant report of leadership.  141 participants rated their self-reported dominance, had a close friend rate them on the same trait, and had their finger length recorded and measured.  Findings indicated that both finger length and self-report of leadership independently predicted informant report of leadership behavior.

Type of Presentation: Individual poster

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Presenter(s): Conroy, Kristina, Kirk, Scarlett Thira, Brooks, Madeline Jean
Major(s): Psychology; Psychology; Psychology
Class Year(s): 2014; 2014; 2013

Sponsor(s): Sellers, Jennifer
Dept(s): Psychology; Psychology ; Psychology

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