Friday, June 17, 2005

More scientific tests to check the gender of your brain

Earlier in time, I had seen many bloggers posted a quiz from (yes, again) to see whether you have a male brain or female brain. The quiz is "What Gender Is Your Brain?" I never tried because it is not that funny and intelligent enough.

Now, I would recommend another pair of tests which is more well-developed and scientific. Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, prepared these tests and the empathising-systemising (E-S) theory.

As you may get it right, he assumed that the female brain is predominantly connected for empathy, and that the male brain is predominantly hard-wired for understanding and building systems. He explained his idea concisely in an article from the Guardian in 2003. (Has Lawrence Summers read it before?)

You could try the tests, one for empathising quotient (EQ) and the other for systemising quotient (SQ). There are interactive Flash versions (but you are not allowed to change the answer) and primitive HTML versions for you. Though they are not short, you would find them worth playing. The results are divided into three types: a male brain, a female brain or a balanced brain.

On average, most women score about 47 and most men about 42 in the EQ test. In the SQ quiz, women score about 24 and men score about 30 usually. But I scored only 25 and 17 respectively. Ha, I hope it means a balanced brain, rather than a dysfunctional one.