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Can You Read People’s Emotions?

How well can you read someone's thoughts by their facial expressions? The New York Times has a quiz in which you are asked to judge emotions on faces by seeing only the eyes. Try to guess how well you’ll do before your start.

If you are among those people who are mystified by moods, new research offers hope. A new study shows that certain types of reading can actually help us improve our sensitivity IQ. To find out how well you read the emotions of others, take the Well quiz, which is based on an assessment tool developed by University of Cambridge professor Simon Baron-Cohen.

I scored 28 out of 36, which is on the high end of average, no surprise. Try it yourself.  -via Nag on the Lake  


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29/36, I did not think I could get such a high score. My wife always tells me I have no clue about other people (and she is usually right).
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32/36. It's kind of reassuring that my social anxiety is, at least, not down to failure to comprehend. Maybe I'm sensitized due to recent events, but I was a little disturbed by the emotions ascribed to the female eyes. I thought that they were narrow in range and that many reflected mental states men would expect or wish to observe in women, as opposed to the full gamut of emotions we all experience.
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