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August 15th, 2007


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01:04 am - Interesting eye reading test
In my continuing interest in Steven Johnson's work, I'm now a bit more than a third through his excellent 2005 book, Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life. It's as interesting and entertaining as the previous two books I've read, and contains much of interest. In his discussion of mirror neurons and the ways in which we unconsciously notice the emotions cues given off by others (most commonly through subtle expressions of the eyes), Johnson mentions taking this test of reading emotion from eyes. I tried a somewhat similar test years ago and did fairly badly, but Johnson talks about the test and how it's impossibly difficult if you attempt to do it consciously, but surprisingly easy if you go with intuition, which I remember specifically not doing in my previous attempt. This test was somewhat different from the one I'd done before, and I also went with Johnson's advice, and got a fairly reasonable 27 right out of 36 (26.2 is the average score for non-autistic people). It was sometimes a bit difficult to go with my first impression and not overthink, but clearly doing so produces good results. In any case, I am curious to know what score the rest of you get on this.
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From:used_songs
Date:August 15th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
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I got a 23 - that's not very good. I must pick up more from general body language than I do from eyes because I think I've gotten pretty good at reading people.
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From:dancinglights
Date:August 15th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
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25. I am really only bad at telling the difference between contemplation and severe emotional distress, and when people are flirting. This seems about right for my usual empathic failings.

I did really badly in the beginning, when I was actually thinking about it, and got better toward the end when I started intuiting my responses and then looking for the best-fit word amongst the options. This also makes sense.
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From:heron61
Date:August 15th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
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and got better toward the end when I started intuiting my responses and then looking for the best-fit word amongst the options.

After reading the chapter of Johnson's book, that's what I did throughout, and it worked far better than the previous time I tried the test.
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From:moominmuppet
Date:August 15th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
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I got a 29. I know I've taken these in the past, but I don't recall my previous scores.
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From:xuenay
Date:August 15th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
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27.

As an unrelated note, I just realized that you were one of the authors for Ars Magica's Faeries. That has to be one of the best RPG supplements I've ever read.
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From:heron61
Date:August 15th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much.

Which version have you seen? The older version (with the largely green cover and the adventures in the back) by Lion Rampant was my first gaming project and is something I dread people seeing. The 2nd WOTC version, with the foldout color picture in the center is a book I'm still very proud of.
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From:xuenay
Date:August 15th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
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The WotC version. I have a particular liking for Gerin's tale, as well as the two chapters on Arcadia and faerie places.
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From:fishy1
Date:August 15th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
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27. i keep telling everybody i'm perfectly normal..
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From:athenian_abroad
Date:August 16th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
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29; I guess I test well. My favorite error: misinterpreting a "flirtatious" look as "hostile." Hmmm...I wondered what I've been doing wrong all these years.....
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 16th, 2007 07:03 am (UTC)
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33. Whatever social ineptness I may have, being able to read people's moods isn't part of it. :}
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From:dreamlibrary
Date:August 17th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
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I took it twice, before looking at the answers, and although I thought my answers varied, I got 27 both times. I was intrigued by the way I found myself quickly capitulating to the test's answers, once I saw them, against my own intuition. I found a shade of anxiety there, some desire to be reassured that I can function passably well socially.

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