Measuring empathizing and systemizing with a large US sample

Skagerberg, Elin and Wright, Daniel B. (2012) Measuring empathizing and systemizing with a large US sample. PLOS One . ISSN 1932-6203 Full text available

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A large number of people completed one of two versions of the empathizing quotient (EQ) and systemizing quotient (SQ). One version had the negatively phrased items all re-worded. These re-worded items were answered more rapidly than the original items, and for the SQ produced a more reliable scale. Subjects gave self-assessments of empathizing and systemizing, and these were moderately correlated, r≈.6, with their respective quotients. Females had on average higher empathizing scores and males had on average higher systemizing scores. If a female-male pair was chosen at random, the female would have the higher empathizing score about two-thirds of the time, and the males would have the higher systemizing score about two-thirds of the time. PLOS

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published: February 22, 2012
Subjects: Research, Tests, Assessments > Social Study & Research Methodologies
Department/People: Special Units

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