Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Test Time!

Systemizing is the drive to understand the rules governing the behaviour of a system and the drive to construct systems that are lawful. Systemizing allows one to predict and control such systems.

Empathizing is the drive to identify another person's thoughts or emotions, and to respond to their mental states with an appropriate emotion. Empathizing allows one to predict another person's behaviour at a level that is accurate enough to facilitate social interaction.

How do you score? Take the test. Post your results in the comments!

UPDATE: I think the results section of that test might not be working. I'll look for another site.

UPDATE #2: Take the tests here - http://homepage.mac.com/lpetrich/Asperger/Index.html - the ones you want are the EQ and SQ-R. Then plot your scores on this graph:



UPDATE #3 : Can't get the graph to paste in. Find it on page 52 of this article.

34 comments:

  1. Extreme systematiser. For a female, perhaps a little abnormal. Now I'll just go and recategorize my knitting patterns...

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    1. Cool! You can come to my house after that and recategorize my life.

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  2. I come out as a systemizer. No surprises there.

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    1. Oh, now I can see it on the graph (with your updated list). I'm a type B on the graph. So that's balanced right? Hah! Who'd have thunk it? That means I'm right and everyone else who disagrees with me is wrong, right?

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  3. I cannot see the graph above. Do I really need to take the test a second time? Thirdly, isn't it a bit strange taking a test related to "Aspergers"?

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    1. Not strange at all. This is all part of the 'extreme male brain' theory of Autism. If you go to the 'autism research centre' website, there's heaps of stuff you can read. It's fascinating. Basically, the theory says that people on the autistic spectrum have normal or higher than normal s scores but really low e scores - cognitive empathy in particular is impaired.

      Take which test a second time? The e test here is a questionnaire. It is meant to produce the same results as the eye test. It only takes a couple of minutes.

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    2. Actually this theory is disputed in the ASD community. See www.autismandempathy.com.
      A lot of people on the spectrum are extremely empathic, and shut down as it can be overwhelming.

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    3. Hi Radiationgrrl.

      I'd love to talk about this with you - I'm interested in learning more about ASD. Before I write more though, I just want to check that you'll be back. Sometimes people just dump comments on random blogs and never return.

      Simone

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    4. Simone, I'm an "another something" tragic. I have your blog on my phone RSS reader, so I usually never see the comments, unless I load the webpage. This idea of yours took my fancy, then I started reading about Simon Baron Cohen and what people on the Autism Spectrum think of him (ie not much). Their main problem with his questionnaires is that they are written by a neurotypical, and so don't really decribe the ASD experience too well. I'm not officially on the spectrum(EQ 39, SQ 65), but I also had some issues trying to answer the questions in the surveys.

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  4. This all seems like a re-hash of everything available in a Myers-Briggs profile, where the 'extreme male brain' would have been an ISTJ. The eye test measures your F/T-ness, this one measures your J/P-ness.

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    1. I think the difference is that this theory has quite a bit of research behind it. There's heaps of stuff online you can read - like this - http://wardakhan.org/notes/Original%20Studies/Individual%20Differences/Billington.pdf

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  5. Agree with Helen, that this seems less useful than S/N (I thought systematizer related more to that than J/P, but it probably covered both) & T/F. There were two scoring schemes, one in which strongly was worth 2 points, and in the other it was worth 1 point.

    SR 70/150, 51/75
    EQ 19/80, 16/40 <-- bit sceptical of being this low.

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  6. Interesting. Can't see the graph on my iPhone. Will see if I can get on another machine and see it. But I scored 65 for EQ and 65 for SQ-R. No idea what that means.

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    1. Russ - You are E. Find the graph on p52 of this article - http://www.autismresearchcentre.com/docs/papers/2006_Wheelwright_etal_BrainResearch.pdf

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  7. Extreme empathizer. E - 72, S - 15!

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    1. Between you and Andrew there is balance!

      I don't think you are extreme E. I think the S questions are weighted towards things that appeal to men.

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    2. I agree, I think the survey is really badly flawed!

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  8. E. no surprises there. E52 and S33.

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  9. I'm not good at reading graphs (hehe).

    But I think I'm an E.

    EQ - 55
    SQ - 46

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  10. Type B

    EQ = 59/80
    SQ-R = 81/150

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    1. Not sure how 56, 24 could be B. Seems pretty E to me.

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    2. Yeah seems pretty E to me. I feel kinda hurt that they want to call me balanced.

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    3. Dpn't worry. I know the truth.

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  12. Interesting. Guys who read my blog tend more towards E and girls who read my blog tend more towards S. What does that say?

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  13. I don't know what it says, but I came out as an S too.

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  14. I got SQ 20, EQ 46 = Type B. ??

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  15. EQ 18, SQ 101. Extreme type S. My sister's been telling me for years that she thinks I have Asperger's, so it's not really a surprise. However, an EQ that low is a little embarrassing for a future nurse!

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  16. EQ 43
    SQ 60

    which I think puts me in Type E?

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  17. Nice survey, reliability of all self administered surveys is pretty minimal. Still I got E-48, S-54, which as far as I can read the numbers on that fuzzy graph seems to make me somewhere on the borderline of E and B (perhaps slightly into E). However, I thought the questions were a bit odd.

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