Thursday, October 22, 2009

Women quicker off the mark than men at reading emotions

Women are better than men at distinguishing between different emotions, especially between fear and disgust. 46 people - half men and half women - were shown a variety of different ways of depicting emotions by researchers at the University of Montreal. Sound and vision were used and sometimes the participants were presented with a face depicting one emotion and sounds conveying another. The study found that women were superior in completing assessments of emotions and responded quicker when they were portrayed by a female rather than a male actor. Compared to men women were faster at processing facial and multisensory expressions of emotions.

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