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24May/07Off

Palm Readings Vindicated (Sorta, Kinda)!

Came across an interesting article on Yahoo today on how finger lengths/ratio can be used to predict SAT performance.

Specifically:

Kids with longer ring fingers compared to index fingers are likely to have higher math scores than literacy or verbal scores on the college entrance exam, while children with the reverse finger-length ratio are likely to have higher reading and writing, or verbal, scores versus math scores.

To me, what's interesting is that palm reading - or chiromancy - is centuries old and has been derided as being nothing more than a pseudoscience or even worse, a sham. So it's interesting to discover that perhaps there is some legitimacy to chiromancy after all.

Indeed, in my case, my ring finger is longer than my index finger - which indicates that I'd be more proficient at demonstrating spatial and mathematical skills - reflects the 100 point differential in my SAT verbal and math scores in favor of math.

The article goes on to mention that:

Exposure to testosterone in the womb is said to promote development of areas of the brain often associated with spatial and mathematical skills, he said. That hormone makes the ring finger longer. Estrogen exposure does the same for areas of the brain associated with verbal ability and tends to lengthen the index finger relative to the ring finger.

This makes me wonder what other parts of our personalities, skills, and abilities are manifested in our appearances and physical attributes.

Very interesting indeed.

Posted by Charles Chen

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