Performance in mathematics and digit ratio: evidence from 500 university students
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AutorSánchez-Domínguez, Ángeles; Sánchez-Campillo, José; Moreno-Herrero, Dolores; Rosales, Virginia
Universidad de Granada. Departamento de Teoría e Historia Económica
Prenatal sex hormones2D: 4D digit ratiosPerformance
Sánchez-Domínguez, A.; et al. Performance in mathematics and digit ratio: evidence from 500 university students. Universidad de Granada. Departamento de Teoría e Historia Económica (2013). (The Papers; 13/04). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/31585]
PatrocinadorFinancial Support from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (ECO2010-17049) and the University of Granada (PID 11-111).
We analyze the association between performance in a mathematics course among university students at the Faculty of Business and Economics and exposure to prenatal sex hormones using the second-to-fourth digit ratio. In a sample of 516 freshmen (304 women), we find an inverted U-shaped relationship between digit ratio and mathematics grades. Males and females show the same pattern in that subjects with both high and low digit ratios earn lower grades in mathematics, while subjects with the highest grades in mathematics have intermediate digit ratios. We also find that there is no statistically significant relationship between the digit ratio and the average grades earned by students in other courses except mathematics taken in the first semester at the Faculty of Business and Economics.