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It's Official: Men Can't Read Women's Emotions
LiveScience ^ | 4-11-2013 | Tia Ghose

Posted on 04/16/2013 5:49:33 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot

It's a cliché that men just don't understand women.

Now, new research suggests men really do struggle to read women's emotions — at least from their eyes.

The research, ... showed that men had twice as much trouble deciphering women's emotions from images of their eyes compared with those of men. Parts of the male brain tied to emotion also didn't activate as strongly when the men looked at women's eyes.

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To see whether men really did have trouble reading women's emotions, Boris Schiffer, a researcher at the LWL-University Hospital in Bochum, Germany and his colleagues put 22 men between the ages of 21 and 52, with an average age of 36, in a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner, which uses blood flow as a measure of to measure their brain activity.

They then asked the men to look at images of 36 pairs of eyes, half from men and half from women, and guess the emotion the people felt. The men then chose which of two words, such as distrustful or terrified, best described the eyes' emotion. The eye photographs depicted positive, neutral, and negative emotions.

Men took longer and had more trouble correctly guessing emotion from women's eyes.

In addition, their brains showed different activation when looking at men versus women's eyes. Men's amygdala — a brain region tied to emotions, empathy, and fear — activated more strongly in response to men's eyes. In addition, other brain regions tied to emotion and behavior didn't activate as much when the men looked at women's eyes.

The findings suggest that men are worse at reading women's emotions. This "theory of mind" is one of the foundations for empathy, so the deficit could lead men to have less empathy for women relative to men, the researchers write.

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The researchers asked men to identify emotions from eyes of equal number of men and women.

However, if the researchers had asked men to identify eyes from people they are familiar with (i.e. spouse, their own children or family members, etc.), the correct answer might be up.

Another thing is, apparently men (and women) can read dogs' emotions much more accurately. ===> Thought I throw in something lighter for discussion.

1 posted on 04/16/2013 5:49:33 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot
Sometimes I think I understand women. Then I wake up.
2 posted on 04/16/2013 5:50:47 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Sir Napsalot

We’re supposed to look at the eyes?


3 posted on 04/16/2013 5:51:41 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Hmm, I see business opportunity: all I need are D20s with 18 emotions plus 'hungry' and 'PMS' and I can sell them as woman-mood indicators.
4 posted on 04/16/2013 5:52:22 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

5 posted on 04/16/2013 5:52:32 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Sir Napsalot

What’s to unnerstand, they’ve got cold, cold hearts.


6 posted on 04/16/2013 5:52:52 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Men Can't Read Women's Emotions

We're not speed readers is why.

8 posted on 04/16/2013 5:53:35 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: The USA is in a Cold Civil War.)
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To: Sir Napsalot; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
An oldie but goodie!


9 posted on 04/16/2013 5:55:05 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

What are these things called emotions?


10 posted on 04/16/2013 5:55:09 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: Third Person
Men can't read womens' emeotions ... unless the ladies want them to.
11 posted on 04/16/2013 5:56:37 PM PDT by ez (Laws are for little people. Criminals, politicians, police, and David Gregory are exempt.)
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To: Sir Napsalot; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
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12 posted on 04/16/2013 5:56:51 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Sir Napsalot; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
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13 posted on 04/16/2013 5:57:42 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

14 posted on 04/16/2013 5:59:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Don’t look them in the eyes, they steal your soul that way.


15 posted on 04/16/2013 6:01:32 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: All

OK, suppose we are having a conversation and I read her emotion right and then she turns around and in about 5 seconds I swear when she turns around I’m probably facing a totally different emotion that came out of nowhere. I wish they would change colors like lizards.


16 posted on 04/16/2013 6:03:23 PM PDT by RHS Jr (Pity the banksters when Jesus comes)
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To: Revolting cat!

I’m stealin’ that.


17 posted on 04/16/2013 6:05:15 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Sir Napsalot
Another thing is, apparently men (and women) can read dogs' emotions much more accurately. ===> Thought I throw in something lighter for discussion.

Well, when a women wags her tail like my dog does, I know precisely what she wants.

18 posted on 04/16/2013 6:06:17 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Sir Napsalot
We can read women's emotions and come up with 100s of correct answers. All of them wrong.
19 posted on 04/16/2013 6:09:21 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Emotions, what are you doin’
Oh, don’t you know
Don’t you know you’ll be my ruin

(M.Tillis / R.Kearney)

(Brenda Lee)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iVgcHo6xe0


20 posted on 04/16/2013 6:09:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Why get caught up in the emotional matrix ALERT?


21 posted on 04/16/2013 6:09:59 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Sir Napsalot

What about women? Can they read our minds, or is it all BS projection?

Also, how do we know what emotions the faces were expressing in the study? Did researches ask the faces in question what they were feeling at the time? How do we know they weren’t lying? Maybe the information men supposedly missed wasn’t there and, per usual, women were given credit for made-up feelings.

By the way, our inability to read facial clues, or women’s supposed superiority in “emotional intelligence,” are not to be confused with women being more emotional, nor their emotions being deeper and profounder, or whatever the cliches are. Men feel things, but we hide them from the world. Because they’re secret, and could get us killed.


22 posted on 04/16/2013 6:12:09 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

My sentiments exactly!


23 posted on 04/16/2013 6:14:09 PM PDT by NCjim (Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.)
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To: tomkat

This is where FR really needs a LIKE function!


24 posted on 04/16/2013 6:15:17 PM PDT by NCjim (Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Mens Rules

We always hear “the rules” from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules! Please note... these are all numbered “1” ON PURPOSE!

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don’t hear us bitching about you leaving it down.

1. Birthdays, Valentines, and Anniversaries are not quests to see if we can find the perfect present yet again!

1. Sometimes we are not thinking about you. Live with it.

1. Sunday = sports. It’s like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

1. Don’t cut your hair. Ever. Long hair is always more attractive than short hair. One of the big reasons guys fear getting married is that married women always cut their hair, and by then you’re stuck with her.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!

1. We don’t remember dates. Mark birthdays and anniversaries on a calendar. Remind us frequently beforehand.

1. Most guys own three pairs of shoes - tops. What makes you think we’d be any good at choosing which pair, out of thirty, would look good with your dress?

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. A headache that last for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.

1. Check your oil! Please.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.

1. If you won’t dress like the Victoria’s Secret girls, don’t expect us to act like soap opera guys.

1. If you think you’re fat, you probably are. Don’t ask us. We refuse to answer.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

1. Let us ogle. We are going to look anyway; it’s genetic.

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus did not need directions, and neither do we.

1. The relationship is never going to be like it was the first two months we were going out. Get over it. And quit whining to your girlfriends.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

1. We are not mind readers and we never will be. Our lack of mind-reading ability is not proof of how little we care about you.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say “nothing,” we will act like nothing’s wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, expect an answer you don’t want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really.

1. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as navel lint, the shotgun formation, or monster trucks.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. Foreign films are best left to foreigners. (Unless it’s Bruce Lee or some war flick where it doesn’t really matter what the hell they’re saying anyway.)

1. It is neither in your best interest or ours to take the quiz together. No, it doesn’t matter which quiz.

1. BEER is as exciting for us as handbags are for you.

1. Thank you for reading this; Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight, but did you know we really don’t mind that, it’s like camping.

1. I’m in shape. ROUND is a shape.


25 posted on 04/16/2013 6:16:11 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Sir Napsalot
A man needs to pick up on what is in another man's eyes because if he does not, he could wind up dead.
26 posted on 04/16/2013 6:16:51 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: RHS Jr

That’s true, but they’re not even consistent enough to stay emotionally inconsistent. Particular feelings they’ll hold onto forever, never forgive you for causing, and throw them in your face whenever the opportunity presents itself. They’re terrorists, is what I’m saying.


27 posted on 04/16/2013 6:17:18 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Sir Napsalot

Emotion? Some guys can’t even tell you what color her eyes are!


28 posted on 04/16/2013 6:19:08 PM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Sir Napsalot

You call them emotions ladies.

We call them delusions.


29 posted on 04/16/2013 6:20:20 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Sir Napsalot

30 posted on 04/16/2013 6:20:50 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Tublecane
>>> Men feel things, but we hide them from the world. Because they’re secret, and could get us killed.

Very wise.

Or not killed, but in deep trouble.

31 posted on 04/16/2013 6:20:54 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: umgud

Women’s “rules” were about ensnaring men into committed relationships. Equivalent rules for men would be rules for getting sex, and it would consist of a single command, reading: “pester her until she gives in.”


32 posted on 04/16/2013 6:21:54 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: umgud

What women say and what they really mean...

We need = I want
It’s your decision = The correct decision should be obvious by now
Do what you want = You’ll pay for this later
We need to talk = I need to complain
Sure...go ahead = I don’t want you to.
I’m not upset = Of course I’m upset, you moron.
You’re...so manly = You need a shave and you sweat a lot.
You’re certainly attentive tonight. = Is sex all you ever think about?
I’m not emotional! And I’m not overreacting! = I’m on my period.
Be romantic, turn out the lights. = I have flabby thighs.
Hang the picture there = No, I mean hang it there!
I heard a noise = I noticed you were almost asleep.
Do you love me? = I’m going to ask for something expensive.
How much do you love me? = I did something today you’re really not going to like..
I’ll be ready in a minute. = Kick off your shoes and find a good game on T.V.
Is my butt fat? = Tell me I’m beautiful.
You have to learn to communicate. = Just agree with me.
Are you listening to me!? = [Too late, you’re dead.]
Yes = No
No = No
Maybe = No
I’m sorry. = You’ll be sorry.
I’m not yelling! = Yes I am yelling because I think this is important.


33 posted on 04/16/2013 6:23:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sir Napsalot

Quick, somebody look into my eyes to read just what my reaction to political agendas masquerading as science might be, lol.

Where’s the complementary study of women’s ability to read emotion from men’s eyes? I suggest putting all “neutral” images up and publishing the results.


34 posted on 04/16/2013 6:23:52 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Sir Napsalot

Yet another way in which men are inherently defective. The list just goes on and on.


35 posted on 04/16/2013 6:24:57 PM PDT by TChad (Call them Oppressives, not Progressives)
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To: wideawake
A man needs to pick up on what is in another man's eyes because if he does not, he could wind up dead.

Got news for you...

36 posted on 04/16/2013 6:26:50 PM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: TChad

No, not ‘inherently defective’.

Just different.


37 posted on 04/16/2013 6:29:44 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Ask a woman if she’s pregnant, and she’s not, and she gets mad.
I don’t ask now unless I can actually see the head crowning.


38 posted on 04/16/2013 6:30:55 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Just remember, there are two times in a man's life when he doesn't understand women: before he marries one, and after he marries one.
39 posted on 04/16/2013 6:31:30 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

It would of saved me a lot of trouble had I known earlier that I can’t read.


40 posted on 04/16/2013 6:34:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Good Lord....how much did we pay for a visit from Captain Obvious?


41 posted on 04/16/2013 6:35:42 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Tublecane
That’s true, but they’re not even consistent enough to stay emotionally inconsistent. Particular feelings they’ll hold onto forever, never forgive you for causing, and throw them in your face whenever the opportunity presents itself. They’re terrorists, is what I’m saying.

Something good, that you've done repeatedly and consistently for years, that you forget to do once, turns into something that you never do.

Conversely, something bad, that you've never done before, that you do once, turns into something that you always do.

42 posted on 04/16/2013 6:37:16 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Third Person

‘What are these things called emotions?’

I think that they are an event that happens between dinner and bed time every night.


43 posted on 04/16/2013 6:41:15 PM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: tomkat

Is it really so difficult to refrain from vulgar depictions of women being treated sadistically when commenting on a conservative family forum?


44 posted on 04/16/2013 6:45:44 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Sir Napsalot

‘men (and women) can read dogs’ emotions much more accurately. ‘

On the TV show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway, they had a game where the topic was: Things you can say to your dog, but not your wife.

Colin Mochries one word reply was, ‘Come’


45 posted on 04/16/2013 6:47:04 PM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: JoeProBono

It looks like the first two on the second row are out of order.


46 posted on 04/16/2013 6:49:23 PM PDT by willyd
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To: willyd

If you don’t understand women’s emotions, just keep listening. They always get around to it. But whatever you do, don’t talk.


47 posted on 04/16/2013 6:54:20 PM PDT by Migraine
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To: willyd

48 posted on 04/16/2013 7:13:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Sir Napsalot

You don’t look at her eyes. You look at her hands. If there’s a bloodstained hatchet in one of them, it could be bad. If it’s about to be bloodstained, real bad.


49 posted on 04/16/2013 7:20:34 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: TChad

It might just be further evidence that many women are lousy communicators outside of their own sex.


50 posted on 04/16/2013 7:25:18 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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