Women better at detecting emotions than men

New research reveals women tend to be better at detecting emotions than men, but men are better at detecting emotions linked to lust and anger

On average women are better at detecting emotions than men, according to the How Perceptive Are You? test based on the Reading of the Mind in the Eyes test created by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen at the University of Cambridge.

The survey of two thousand people in the UK measured their ability to detect emotions by looking into the eyes of another person.

The research revealed that men are better at noticing lust and anger. Yet, women were better at detecting when someone is in a vulnerable position.

Just 60.9 per cent of male respondents noticed when someone was scared, compared to 70.8 per cent of female participants. Yet, 57.7 per cent of men detected interest, compared to 53.3 per cent of women. Additionally, the difference was almost as large when respondents were asked to detect desire, with 41.9 per cent of men noticing this emotion, compared to 38.9 per cent of women.

Overall, participants only got half of the shown emotions right. Interestingly, the hardest emotion to read was sympathy with only 15 per cent of participants answering correctly.

Furthermore, a larger share of those surveyed (46.9 per cent) believed they were slightly better or much better at reading emotions than their peers.

So, how good are you at detecting emotions? You can take the full test below to find out: