Season of birth contributes to variation in university examination outcomes

Author(s)
Martin Fieder, Hermann Prossinger, Karoline Iber, Katrin Schäfer, Bernard Wallner, Susanne Huber
Abstract

Epidemiological studies show that birth season influences a wide range of biological parameters such as growth, reproduction, mental illnesses, dyslexia, personality, and success in school. The present study is aimed at examining birth season's relationship to examination marks achieved at a university in a very large contemporary sample of male and female undergraduate students. We find that female university students born in spring and summer achieve better marks than those born in autumn and winter. Male students born in spring receive worse marks than those born in other seasons of the year. Furthermore, we find a birthweek periodicity in examination results of female students, with highest examination results for those born in May. We suppose that biological mechanisms might explain part of the observed effects. Π2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Organisation(s)
Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Education
External organisation(s)
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
Journal
American Journal of Human Biology
Volume
18
Pages
714-717
No. of pages
4
ISSN
1042-0533
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.20539
Publication date
2006
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
1060 Biology
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/season-of-birth-contributes-to-variation-in-university-examination-outcomes(89d1d0e1-5a4e-43bd-9dc4-e73bd1f606d6).html