Digit Ratio (2D:4D) and Male Facial Attractiveness: New Data and a Meta-Analysis

Johannes Hönekopp
2013 Evolutionary Psychology  
Citation: Honekopp, Johannes (2013) Digit ratio (2D:4D) and male facial attractiveness: New data and a meta-analysis. Evolutionary Psychology, 11 (5). pp. 944-952. ISSN 1474-7049 Published by: Ian Pitchford and Robert M. Young URL: http://www.epjournal.net/articles/digit-ratio-2d4d... This version was downloaded from Northumbria Research Link: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/14978/ Northumbria University has developed Northumbria Research Link (NRL) to enable users to access the University's
more » ... ch output. Abstract: Digit ratio (2D:4D) appears to correlate negatively with prenatal testosterone (T) effects in humans. As T probably increases facial masculinity, which in turn might be positively related to male facial attractiveness, a number of studies have looked into the relationship between 2D:4D and male facial attractiveness, showing equivocal results. Here, I present the largest and third largest samples so far, which investigate the relationship between 2D:4D and male facial attractiveness in adolescents (n = 115) and young men (n = 80). I then present random-effects meta-analyses of the available data (seven to eight samples, overall n = 362 to 469). These showed small (r ≈ -.09), statistically non-significant relationships between 2D:4D measures and male facial attractiveness. Thus, 2D:4D studies offer no convincing evidence at present that prenatal T has a positive effect on male facial attractiveness. However, a consideration of confidence intervals shows that, at present, a theoretically meaningful relationship between 2D:4D and male facial attractiveness cannot be ruled out either.
doi:10.1177/147470491301100501 fatcat:klhjugulizafjkgomyv5572234