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November 9th, 2010


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11:43 pm - Smile Reading Test
A couple of years ago, I was surprised to see how well I did on this test of reading emotion from eyes I got 27 out of 36 (which is slightly above the average score of 26.2), clearly I'm just generally good at this. I got 16 out of 20 correct on this test of telling real from fake smiles, and also found this test much easier than the eye reading test.

I wonder if these scores are at all related to the fact that in many ways I seem to be on the opposite side of typical from people on the autism spectrum, scoring 9 (where 16 is average and 30 indicates possible autism) on this admittedly exceptionally imprecise test.
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From:alephnul
Date:November 10th, 2010 09:41 am (UTC)
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I had an easier time with the eye test (28) than with the fake smile test (12 out of 20). I think with the smile I tend to cue off of how the smile ends and whether the person had a slight laugh while they were smiling, rather than the correct diagnostic features.
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From:alobar
Date:November 10th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
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On a slightly related topic:

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From:xtricks
Date:November 10th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Huh. I got 30 of 36 on the eye test. It seemed pretty easy, honestly.
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From:tangyabominy
Date:November 10th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
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I got 31 on the eye test. ...the interesting thing was that the ones I didn't get (or guessed on and got based on the keyword choices, but didn't think were right) were the ones with narrowed eyes that were meant to look distrustful or wary, and which I thought looked like the person was laughing and comfortable. Which says something interesting about me, I guess.
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From:seika
Date:November 10th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I got 32 on the eye test, but a lot of them, I guessed really similar emotions to the "correct" answer. Like "distrustful" instead of "wary". I'm not sure how I'm supposed to distinguish those two.

I thought the smile test was easier, though (and I got the same score as you). The main thing with the smiles for me was how the person's face went back to being after they smiled, not any particular part of the body as they asked about.
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From:heavenscalyx
Date:November 10th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
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I got 32 on it too, but I found that the language they were using for the answers often gave away the correct answer. For the four I missed, I knew the answer they wanted, but guessed according to how people I knew would be feeling should they look like that (which, of course, is not according to the population mean -- or whatever the questionnaire was using -- because my friends are all geeeeeks with really mobile faces).
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 11th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
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Yeah, some of those show calm dispassionate eyes and then give you choices like "horrified", "aghast", "amused"... and "pensive". Wow, such a toughie.
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From:heavenscalyx
Date:November 10th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Interestingly, of the smile test, I got all the women right. All the smiles I misread were men.

Am I just cynical, or have I just not bothered to work on reading men's faces all that much recently, and so am out of practice? Or both?
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From:kitten_goddess
Date:November 11th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
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I got 26 on the eye reading test. I had no trouble telling when people were hostile or anxious or flirtatious or fantasizing. I had trouble with the rest of the test, particularly with positive emotions.

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