Test how well you can read emotions of others just by looking at their eyes.
The ability to read the emotions of others is linked to "social intelligence" which, in turn, is linked to performance on team-based problem solving tasks.
This is an implementation of the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test developed by prof. Simon Baron-Cohen at the University of Cambridge.
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Why we are doing this research
We are trying to understand how the ability to recognize emotions of others vary across cultures. We are also trying to understand how people use input devices (such as mice, touchpads, etc.) when they work on demanding tasks.
What you will have to do
You will be shown 37 pictures showing just the eyes part of people's faces. You will be asked to guess what emotion these eyes are showing. We will also ask you a few basic questions about yourself and your computer use.
There are no risks anticipated in taking part in this study and you are free to leave at any time.
Approximately 10 minutes.
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This test will investigate your ability to read emotion from the eyes. You will be shown a pair of eyes with four emotion labels around it. You are to select which one of the four emotions corresponds to the emotion that the eyes are showing. Please provide one best guess for each item.
There is one practice item followed by 36 test items.
We will tell you how you did compared to others at the end.Start the experiment!
While the system computes the results, we'd like to ask you a few questions:
Have you done this test before?
What is your gender?
How old are you? (Please? This information will really help
How often do you use a computer?
What device are you using to click right now?
Do you have any medical condition that might affect how you use a computer?
In what country did you grow up?
Please pick one that influenced you the most if you grew up in many)
In what country have you spent most of the past 5 years?
If you are not a native speaker of English, did you recognize all the words used to describe emotions?
Did you encounter any technical difficulties during the test or do
you have any other comments?
Thank you for participating!
Your score on this test was out of 36.
The average result for adult population is 26 out of 36.
Note that your screen, ambient light, and other factors might have impacted your result. Also, because all the images used in this study were of Caucasians (i.e., white people), your exposure to Caucasian faces might also have affected your score.
More information about your results
- Click here to see how others did on this test.
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Average Score By Gender
There does not appear to be a substantial difference between men and women
Average Score By Age
Distribution of Scores
This chart shows how many people got different scores. As you can see, there is a large spread in individual results
- Click here to find out what the results might mean and to learn how the test was developed in the first place
Typical results. In the original experiments with this test, the average score for British adults was 26. The average result for students was 28. However, individual results ranged from 17 to 35 as many factors may affect performance: the lighting, the quality of your screen, your emotional state, fatigue, not to mention knowledge of the English language.
Social intelligence and team-based problem solving. Recent research published in Science in 2010 demonstrated that there is a link between how well team members perform on this test and how well the team performs on complex problem solving tasks. In fact, the overall "social intelligence" (or "collective intelligence" as it is referred to in the paper) was more than five times more important to the team success than the average IQ of the team members!
Besides this test, there were two other factors that were found to be important for team success: how equally team members contributed to the conversations (teams where one person dominated the conversation performed less well than those where all members contributed roughly the same), and the number of women on the team (yes, the more women, the better the team did! Sorry guys...).
If you want to hear this from the horse's mouth, here is the paper:Woolley, A. W., Chabris, C. F., Pentland, A., Hashmi, N., & Malone, T. W. (2010). Evidence for a Collective Intelligence Factor in the Performance of Human Groups. Science, 330(6004), 686-688.
Reading the Mind in the Eyes and Autism. This test was originally developed by prof. Simon Baron-Cohen at the University of Cambridge as part of his and his team's research on autism. Adults with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism scored 22 on average on this test. Again, large individual differences were observed. There is big overlap between the results of typical adults and adults with Asperger Syndrome.
The paper describing the version of the test used in this study is here:Baron-Cohen, S., Wheelwright, S., Hill, J., Raste, Y., & Plumb, I. (2001). The "Reading the Mind in the Eyes" Test revised version: a study with normal adults, and adults with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 42(2), 241-251.
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This is an implementation of the the "Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test" originally developed by prof. Simon Baron-Cohen at the University of Cambridge. In building this test, we have extended the code written by the researchers at the Vision Lab at Harvard. You can see a lot of their work at the Test My Brain web site.