by syaffolee

How male or female is your brain?

On the Empathy Quotient Test:

You have a lower than average ability for understanding how other people feel and responding appropriately. Most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20. On average, most women score about 47 and most men about 42.

On the Systemizing Quotient Test:

You have a lower than average ability for analysing and exploring a system. On average women score about 24 and men score about 30.

Arg! I bombed both tests. Then again, those questions were, ahem, more than a little biased. Initially, I had believed I would score at least average on both the tests–or at least have a leaning toward systemizing–but no, these tests believe I’m an antisocial idiot.

What I think the tests actually measure is how male or female you are considered in society’s terms. In a previous post, I mentioned that you can tell how “male” or how “female” someone’s brain is by actually looking at physiological differences and that these physical differences are affected by hormones during development. However, I don’t think that having physically different brains prevents anyone preferring one type of thinking to another.

Then again, even to have “types” of thinking in existence in the first place is a shame. It’s much more interesting to know people with a gradient of rationalizing processes than to pigeonhole everyone into two distinct categories.

Stay tuned, demonizing fava beans is next.