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Men find it harder to read women

WASHINGTON - A new study found that men have a harder time reading women's emotions than they do other men's - because they use different parts of their brain when trying to identify feelings in women versus in men.

In the study, published in the online Plos One journal - a peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the Public Library of Science - the researchers examined the brains of 22 male participants as they conducted a well-established empathy test called "Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test".

The test consists of snapshots of sets of eyes, and subjects have to guess whether the eyes belonged to a man or a woman, and then what emotional state the eyes were expressing, reported Discover magazine.

While subjects performed the test, researchers examined their brain activity via MRI scans.

The subjects did equally well at guessing the gender of the men and women's eyes, but they did much worse at recognising the emotions of the women's eyes, compared to the men's eyes, researchers said.

The subjects interpreted women's emotions correctly 76 per cent of the time, compared to 87 per cent of the time for men's eyes, and also took longer to guess them.

As to why this happens, it could be evolutionary. The researchers said that, to aid in territorial battles, for example, it may have been beneficial for men to interpret another man's facial expressions accurately and rapidly.

But, while there are differences in how men read men and women's emotions, the scientists said that men still do a decent job at understanding women, most of the time.

Prior research has found that, when compared to women, men are better at identifying facial expressions of anger, while women are better at recognising fear and sadness.


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readers' comments

Whether a woman say yes or no to you Is just a thin fine line
Posted by Lotteworld on Fri, 10 May 2013 at 21:04 PM
Can see u people really no no about woman.

They don't want you to understand them. They only want thing from man, and is listen to them . Bodoh.
Posted by goondoon on Fri, 10 May 2013 at 18:50 PM

yes, this is true. :D
Posted by A_Commoner on Fri, 10 May 2013 at 17:02 PM

some buy, buy.. then bye.. :eek::eek:
Posted by perceivedtobe on Fri, 10 May 2013 at 16:49 PM

hahhaa................ not all women are like that lah. :D
Posted by A_Commoner on Fri, 10 May 2013 at 16:33 PM

You dont need to learn how to read women. The only words you need to say to her is ' Just Buy. Just Buy' and she will be hooked .
Posted by Lotteworld on Fri, 10 May 2013 at 16:31 PM
as a man, i would rather read women even it is difficult, than to turn into gay. :rolleyes: :D
Posted by A_Commoner on Fri, 10 May 2013 at 16:28 PM
men find it harder to reap women :D:p
Posted by baoxingtian on Fri, 10 May 2013 at 16:24 PM

That wan cannot read between the line. No line to read :D
Posted by maipenrai on Wed, 8 May 2013 at 14:50 PM

If you cannot even be certain when a woman say no means yes or really no, it is just impossible to read lor. And how long it really is when a woman tells you 5 minutes?
Posted by maipenrai on Wed, 8 May 2013 at 14:49 PM

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