Psycho Tests

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 27, 2010

PG saw a couple of facebook listings for something called an Autism Spectrum Quotient. When something is shown on FB, the best thing to do is google it, and look for a version that is not FB connected. When ASQ tests were googled, there was a listing for something called an empathy quotient. This led to a page with four tests offered…Systemizing quotient test, Empathy quotient test,Autism Spectrum quotient test, Mind in the eyes test. To a person in the mood to take online tests, this counts as hitting the jackpot.

The page is called “Male vs female brains”, and is part of the digital funhouse run by Glenn Rowe . There is an explanation:
“Simon Baron-Cohen’s recent book The Essential Difference: Men, Women and the Extreme Male Brain proposes that “The female brain is predominantly hard-wired for empathy. The male brain is predominantly hard-wired for understanding and building systems.”
The book contains a couple of tests that calculate your “empathy quotient” and your “systemizing quotient”. There is also a test that measures your “autism quotient”, and a fascinating test that measures how good you are at discerning someone’s mood from their eyes…Don’t take these tests too seriously – Baron-Cohen himself says in his book that the ‘typical’ results are only averages, and many men and women differ in their scores.

The first test on the agenda is the systemizing quotient. The test is 60 statements, with four options for each…Definitely agree, Slightly agree,Slightly disagree, Definitely disagree. PG scored 14, which is considered low. Two statements were: “I find it difficult to understand instruction manuals for putting appliances together.//When I look at an animal, I like to know the precise species it belongs to.”

The second test is empathy quotient, which apparently is a female counterpart for the systemizing quotient. The test is formatted like the systemizing test. Two of the statements are “I find it easy to put myself in somebody else’s shoes// I think that good manners are the most important thing a parent can teach their child. ” Once again, PG got 14, which is low.

The autism spectrum test had only 50 statements. Two of them were ” I find it hard to make new friends. //. I notice patterns in things all the time.” PG got a 38, which is high.

The last test, reading the mind in the eyes, was a bit different. There were 36 questions. Each had a photograph of two eyes, and a choice between four descriptions, like “playful, comforting, irritated, bored”. PG got 21 correct, which is just a bit below average.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

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