Attention student members: EHBEA Student Research Grants deadline is approaching! If you’re still wondering whether to apply or not, check out the story of Gareth Richards:
Whilst studying for my PhD, I was fortunate enough to receive an EHBEA Student Research Grant to run a follow-up study to that of my MSc. I worked with the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Welsh Branch and researchers at Cardiff University (Dr William Davies and Dr Wynford Bellin) to administer a questionnaire about religious beliefs to 585 members of the public attending the National Eisteddfod, a weeklong Welsh cultural festival. I also measured the lengths of participants’ second and fourth fingers so we could calculate their digit ratio (2D:4D). The 2D:4D ratio is hypothesised to be a marker of prenatal sex hormone exposure, with a relatively long fourth digit indicating high levels of foetal testosterone.
Since collecting these data, we presented our findings at the 2017 EHBEA Annual Conference in Paris, and subsequently published two peer-reviewed journal articles. In the first paper (published in Early Human Development), we showed that 2D:4D was positively correlated between mothers and their daughters; in the second paper (published in Transpersonal Psychology Review), we reported that, contrary to the findings of my MSc study of university students, 2D:4D was not related to religious affiliation.
I am grateful to EHBEA for having funded my research, and for the positive experience and CV value gained throughout the process. I would therefore strongly encourage any student with an interest in evolution to consider applying for an EHBEA Student Research Grant.