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Digit ratio (2D:4D) and pro-social behavior in economic games: No direct correlation

Brañas-Garza, Pablo and Espín, Antonio M. and Garcia, Teresa and Kovářík, Jaromír (2018): Digit ratio (2D:4D) and pro-social behavior in economic games: No direct correlation.

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Abstract

Prenatal exposure to hormones, and to sex hormones in particular, exerts organizational effects on the brain and these have observable behavioral correlates in adult life. There are reasons to expect that social behaviors—which are fundamental for the evolutionary success of humans—might be related to biological factors such as prenatal sex hormone exposure. Nevertheless, the existing literature is inconclusive as to whether and how prenatal exposure to testosterone and estrogen, proxied by the second-to-fourth digit ratio (2D:4D), may predict non-selfish behavior. Here, we investigate this question using economic experiments with real monetary stakes and analyzing five different dimensions of social behavior in a comparatively large sample of Caucasian participants to guarantee statistical power (n=560). For both males and females, our results show no robust association between right- or left-hand 2D:4D and generosity, bargaining, or trust-related behaviors. We conclude therefore that there is no correlation between 2D:4D and social behavior in economic games.

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