Study: Why Women Read Feelings Better Than Men

Human beings share lots of universal feelings, but still, there are huge differences between how men and women experience the world. Researchers from the Netherlands decided to look into why men often have a harder time reading the feelings of others compared to women. They gave eight female college students oral testosterone, and another eight were given nothing. Then all 16 women had to try and identify the emotions of people just by looking at pictures of their eyes. The results showed women who had been given testosterone took longer to identify emotions and made more mistakes than those not given the hormone. MRI scans of the participants’ brains showed just one dose of testosterone was enough to alter connections between the three areas of the brain involved in emotional processing. It’s thought that from an evolutionary standpoint, this biological difference between men and women might offer advantages in social interactions. (Daily Mail)