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The Finger Book Hardcover – March 6, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (March 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571215394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571215393
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,131,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Manning's research has been published in newspapers worldwide. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire and has been described by Professor Robert Trivers as 'one of the most creative and exciting people working today on human biology from an evolutionary perspective'.

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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chris Brand on May 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book, by a British evolutionary psychologist at the University of Lancashire (formerly Preston Polytechnic), argues that there are links between ring-finger length (RFL), testosteronization in the womb, masculinity, personality, polygamy and race. It gets off to a slow start, but there is drama enough by the finish.

The ring finger is hairier in males than other digits, perhaps reflecting its being more under the influence of the sex hormone testosterone and its being assigned for the wedding ring. In any case, RFL, relative to index-finger length (the normal ratio in Whites is approximately 1:1), is greater in males and also in top athletes and sportsmen, autists, attention-deficit children and butch lesbians; and it correlates negatively with psychologists' measures of agreeability, gentleness and femininity. Thus goes the first 90% of Manning's (rather repetitive) book.

Of course there are some problems. It is not obvious why RFL should be measured from the point of the finger's lowest skin crease with the palm rather than from the knuckle. The inter-observer reliability for RFL is not stated or even considered. There seems no special reason why testosterone should especially affect the growth of the ring finger. All the associations with RFL mentioned above are pretty slight (Manning does not give correlations but his occasional scattergrams indicate effect sizes of around .25).
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