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Title: Digit ratio is linked to affective empathy in women
Authors: Kempe, Vera
Heffernan, Emer
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: 2D:4D digit ratio
Affective empathy
Cognitive empathy
Issue Date: Feb-2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Elsevier, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.10.024
Citation: Kempe, V. and Heffernan, E. 2011. Digit ratio is linked to affective empathy in women. Personality and Individual Differences. 50(3): pp.430-433. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.10.024
Abstract: We tested whether links exist between 2D:4D and affective vs. cognitive empathy. Sixty men and sixty women completed a questionnaire testing these two aspects of empathy. Finger lengths were measured directly using digital callipers. The results showed a positive relationship between left 2D:4D and affective empathy in women when right 2D:4D and age were controlled. These findings suggest that prenatal testosterone exposure may exert organisational effects on affective reactions to other individuals’ affective states more than on Theory of Mind or social skills.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/873
ISSN: 0191-8869
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