Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 7; Issue 4.3 (December 2019)

Page No.: 7140-7148

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2019.327


Rachana Suresh 1 , Padmalatha K *2.

1 Intern, ESIC MC & PGIMSR, Rajajinagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

*2  Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, ESIC MC & PGIMSR, Rajajinagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Padmalatha K, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, ESIC MC & PGIMSR, Rajajinagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Phone number:  8884099952.

E-Mail: padduanat@gmail.com


Background: Dermatoglyphics is the study of patterns of epidermal ridges on the volar surfaces of the skin. This is said to be associated with multiple intelligences in humans based on the fact that the neocortex and dermatoglyphic prints are developing simultaneously during embryogenesis and they are both genetically determined. Hence this cross-sectional observational study to correlate Emotional Intelligence and dermatoglyphic patterns.

A self-evaluating questionnaire was applied on 100 M.B.B.S students, fingerprints of whom were collected using ‘Ink and Paper’ method. The subjects were then categorized into two groups- Category A including subjects with EQ>120; and Category B including subjects with EQ<120. The collected fingerprints were categorized into Plain Arches, Tented Arches, Ulnar Loops, Radial Loops, Whorls and Composite. The data was then tabulated and observed for recurrence of patterns in each category of EQ and was statistically analyzed.

Results: In Category A, the most recurring pattern is Ulnar Loop. In Category B, the most recurring fingerprint pattern is Ulnar Loop in all digits except the L4 and R4  in which Whorl is the most recurring type. The chi square test of significance and exact test of association were applied and ‘p’ values were calculated and none of them were <0.05.

Conclusion:  The results correspond with the observations made in a  previous study correlating dermatoglyphics and IQ amongst medical students. Hence, the aforementioned results may be suggestive of some correlation between dermatoglyphics and EQ. However, the lack of statistical significance may be attributed to the modest sample size. Further research is required in this regard to validate the results of this study.

Key words: Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Quotient, Dermatoglyphics, EQ, Fingerprints, Fingerprint patterns.


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Cite this article: Rachana Suresh, Padmalatha K. CORRELATION OF DERMATOGLYPHICS WITH EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AMONGST MEDICAL STUDENTS. Int J Anat Res 2019;7(4.3):7140-7148. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2019.327