your brain’s gender

Here’s a test to see if your brain is male or female. I got an EQ of 48 and a SQ of 35. Both are in the average male range, but the EQ was one point higher than the women’s average and the SQ was five points higher than the male average. (via mefi)


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  1. Hmm. I don’t think I’m really as bad at empathizing as my ‘EQ’ suggests. I’m just less confident in those skills, which I think skewed my answers. I think my ‘SQ’ was skewed high for similar reasons.

    I also think the tests, and indeed the whole premise of the article, are full of crap. Psychiatric/psychological theories are very interesting, but I have a hard time seriously believing much of them.

    Comment by Levi on May 14, 2003 @ 9:53 am
  2. I see. Tell me more about this disbelief you have in psychological evaluation.

    Comment by dan on May 14, 2003 @ 2:44 pm
  3. Shall we call you Dr. Dan now?

    I’m very skeptical of psychological evaluation because the whole ‘science’ is based upon some pretty shaky ground. Mental state is rather hard to examine objectively, and we know very little about how the brain ‘wiring’ actually works, or what exactly causes us to act as we do. As far as I can tell, it’s a bunch of conjecture backed up with imprecicely measured statistics. And we all know there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

    Psychological theories can be very interesting, insightful, and even useful. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right.

    Comment by Levi on May 14, 2003 @ 3:30 pm
  4. I’m a man.

    Comment by Cameron on May 14, 2003 @ 7:34 pm
  5. Levi: My comment was aimed at being a humorous imitation of our dear friend Eliza but those are good points. I agree we’re still discovering how the mind works, but over the years of study I have a measured level of confidence in psychological evaluation.

    Cameron: Are you trying to convince yourself after having the test say your brain is female?

    Comment by dan on May 14, 2003 @ 7:49 pm
  6. I had an EQ of 43 which makes me barely more empathetic than the average man. As for the SQ, I think my score was close to that of an endtable.

    Comment by Renee on May 15, 2003 @ 2:21 pm
  7. Then you’re in good company. I’ve met some fine end tables in my day.

    Comment by dan on May 15, 2003 @ 3:15 pm
  8. Levi, did your test say you’re a woman? You seem to take this rather personal. It’s okay to be a woman. Really! If it helps, I took only one of the tests because it said I was an insensitive jerk. No! The test is insensitive by calling me insensitive. It’s just a vicious cycle.

    Comment by Mel on May 19, 2003 @ 3:25 pm
  9. No, Mel. It didn’t say I was a woman, it said I was in the company of asperger’s syndrome cases. I ended up with a really low EQ, in the lowest category. And a really high SQ, in the highest category. That places me a lot farther from the average woman than it does from the average man, but not really close to either. So I’m either a socially inept genius or the test is full of crap. You decide! ;)

    Comment by Levi on May 19, 2003 @ 3:56 pm
  10. Yikes, I did not quite expect the results I got 66 EQ (not so suprised) but 14 in SQ, I have always thought of myself as a ‘big picture’ person.

    Comment by A differnet Renee on September 3, 2004 @ 12:33 pm
  11. I scored a 78 EQ and an 8 SQ and I am a man!!!

    Comment by ifallnlvez on September 4, 2004 @ 6:02 pm

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