An online version of the Mooney Face Test: phenotypic and genetic associations

Verhallen, Roeland J, Bosten, Jenny M, Goodbourn, Patrick T, Bargary, Gary, Lawrance-Owen, Adam J and Mollon, J D (2014) An online version of the Mooney Face Test: phenotypic and genetic associations. Neuropsychologia, 63. pp. 19-25. ISSN 1873-3514

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The Mooney Face Test is a widely used test of face perception, but was originally designed to be administered by personal interview. We have developed a three-alternative forced-choice version for online testing. We tested 397 healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 42 (M=24 years). There was a wide range of performance (64-100% correct; M=89.6%). We observed a significant sex difference favoring males (.31 standard deviation; p =.004). In addition, independently of sex, higher 2D:4D digit ratios were significantly associated with higher scores (ρ=.14, p=.006). A genome-wide association study (GWAS) for a subset of 370 participants identified an association between Mooney performance and a polymorphism in the RAPGEF5 gene (rs1522280; p=9.68×10(-8)). This association survives a permutation test (p=.031).

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QZ Psychology
Depositing User: Jenny Bosten
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 11:10
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 22:19

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