Sunday, April 30, 2006

That study on astrology

Here's the abstract from that study.

The relationship between date of birth and individual differences in personality and general intelligence: A large-scale study

Peter Hartmann, Martin Reuterb and Helmuth Nyborga

We investigated the relationship between date of birth and individual differences in personality and intelligence in two large samples. The first sample consisted of 4000+ middle-aged male subjects from the Vietnam Experience Study; personality was measured by the MMPI items converted to EPQ (scales) and a large battery of cognitive tests were factored to derive general intelligence, g. The second sample consisted of 11,000+ young adults from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth from 1979. g was extracted from the ten subtests of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.

In no cases did date of birth relate to individual differences in personality or general intelligence.

A further goal was to test Eysenck’s notion of possible relationships between date of birth and the popular Sun Signs in astrology. No support could be found for such associations.

We conclude that the present large-scale study provides no evidence for the existence of relevant relationships between date of birth and individual differences in personality and general intelligence.

Some remarks by leader of the study Peter Hartmann.

When considering the current scientific standing with respect to Sun signs, it becomes clear that there is little or no truth in [them]... This does not necessarily mean that all astrology is without truth, but only that the independent effect of Sun signs is most likely to be irrelevant.... As for the weekly horoscope based on mere Sun signs, then according to the current scientific standing, there is probably more truth in the comic strips.

2 comments:

Skeptico said...

Thanks for finding that link. I’ll add it to my list of 37 tests that astrology failed.

KipEsquire said...

Carl Sagan once remarked something like, "The gravitic force of the doctor who delivered you was greater than that of the constellation whose zodiac sign you were born under."

P.S. Identical twins don't inevitably have the same fates. QED.