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0008: Science confirms that men are more compatible with men


Alright, the headline is a bit misleading. However, Men can't read women's emotions, study confirms:

--- Quote ---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, published Wednesday (April 10) in the journal  PLOS ONE, showed that men had twice as much trouble deciphering women's emotions from images of their eyes compared with those of men.
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From the study's abstract:

--- Quote ---To determine possible differences in the neural correlates underlying emotion recognition from female, as compared to male eyes, a modified version of the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test in combination with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was applied to a sample of 22 participants. We found that men actually had twice as many problems in recognizing emotions from female as compared to male eyes, and that these problems were particularly associated with a lack of activation in limbic regions of the brain (including the hippocampus and the rostral anterior cingulate cortex).
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Simply put, men are better able to recognize the emotional states of other men, not women. The ability to know your mate's feelings would make for better intimate relationships.

The study is rather interesting because the claim usually made isn't just that men are bad reading at women's feelings but that men are somehow deficient overall, as if they're just emotionally dumber. But that's not true: men are bad at reading women's feelings, not feelings in general. This doesn't come as a surprise to any guy who's been to a middle school dance. The girls and boys stand on the other side of the gym, while Andkon wonders why he's only allowed to be attracted to people with whom he has nothing in common with (outside of the base sexual attraction).


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