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While women are said to genetically score higher on " mind reading " and have an ability to better intuit, this ability also has a lot to do with socialization. Young girls and women, since early childhood are rewarded more than men for using these skills which probably in their reinforcement and honing. However, recently, scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, including one of India origin, have built upon the study Reading the Mind in the Eyes Testwhich was first performed 20 years ago and have concluded that women have a 'mind reading' gene mutation that gives them the ability to infer another persons' thoughts and emotions simply by looking at their eyes alone.
This new study, published in the Molecular Psychiatry Journalanalyzed cognitive empathy in 89, people across the world. Women have a 'mind reading' gene mutation that gives them the ability to infer thoughts.
Additionally, studies had found that people with anorexia and autism tend to score lower on this test. The team however found that the genes that contribute to higher scores on the Eyes Test also tend to increase the risk for anorexia, but not autism since autism involves social as well as non social traits and this test only measures a social trait. According to Varun Warrier, a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge "This is an important step forward for the field of social neuroscience and adds one more piece to the puzzle of what may cause variation in cognitive empathy.
The thus found have confirmed that women on average do score better on this test than men because of genetic variants on chromosome 3 in women are linked to their ability to read the mind in the eyes: known as cognitive empathy.
This study is considered to be the largest study ever of this test of cognitive therapy in the world and is also considered to be the first study which attempts to relate performance on this test with genetic variation. However, though this study draws a correlation between empathy and human genetics, other important social factors such as postnatal experience and upbringing are also important.
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Listen to the latest songsonly on JioSaavn. Story Progress Back to home. Twenty years ago, scientists conducted a study that was called the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test.
This was a research based on empathetic accuracy which refers to how well one person can infer the thoughts and feelings of another person. The expectation was that women would be able to read the thoughts and feelings of others more accurately than their male counterpart.
This expectation evolved out of a cultural stereotype of "women's intuition. A change in the methods and study resulted in new conclusions. For the latest food newshealth tips and recipeslike us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and YouTube. Show full article.