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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Can you read emotions?

New studies have found that if people read literary fiction for even a few minutes (as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction), they perform better on tests measuring empathy and emotional intelligence. Isn't that fascinating? And it makes sense, since literary fiction often describes the characters' internal lives in great detail and puts the reader in someone else's shoes.

The New York Times also ran an online quiz to see how well you can read people's emotions just by seeing their eyes. Take it here! How did you do? Leave your score below. I got a 29/36 so that is the one to beat for now, haha.

P.S. A famous personality test, and are you an introvert or extrovert?

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Brittany said...

29/36 as well!

Susan O'Connell said...

35/36!! I love reading and tuning in to people's emotions :)

Taryn Louise said...

30/36! I thought that was good until I read some of the other scores on here!

Nancy said...

I know almost sure that one of the eyes were Keanu Reeves' on the poster of 'Speed'!

MissFingertips said...

This is really fun Joanna! I scored 32/36, I had some trouble translating into italian! :)

MissFingertips said...

I think I saw model Claudia Schiffer's eyes...and I also had some trouble with the ombre created by the women's makeup too.

Laura D said...

25, not so good...I do read a lot of literary fiction too. Although I do wonder with that study if you have a self-selecting group

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Theresa said...

33/36 :)

Our family said...

28

Readlock said...

Good one.

Read this for Child Emotions.

http://readlock.blogspot.in/

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Peg said...

32/36...though I found the older faces hardest to read. I wonder if that applies in the real world.

nadine said...

31/36, have taken this before - must've been from the original website 'cause it was exhausting! Interesting connection to reading preference - I definitely don't do popular fiction, some literary fiction and more (semi-)serious nonfiction.

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