Eyes may be the ‘windows to the soul,’ but depending on who’s reading them, they might tell very different stories according to Daily mail.
A new study found that women tend to be more perceptive than men when determining another person’s emotion based only on their eyes and eyebrows, especially when it comes to reading signs of vulnerability.
Men, however, were found to excel at detecting emotions related to anger – and for both genders, researchers say the ability gets better with age.
In the study, the researchers surveyed a total of 2000 men and women.
Participants were shown pairs of eyes and eyebrows, and asked to choose the correct term that describes which emotion that person is conveying.
Overall, women were found to be slightly better at reading other people, with two thirds of women in the survey correctly recognizing 5 or more emotions.
Only 56 percent of men were able to do this.
The researchers also found that women were more confident in their ability to read emotions, with half reporting that they were either ‘slightly better’ or ‘much better’ at doing so than their friends and family, while only 44 percent of men said the same.
The survey also revealed that men and women differ in their abilities to notice particular emotions.
Women were more likely to recognize ‘vulnerable emotions,’ including shocked or scared, with more than three quarters able to do so.
But, only 60 percent of men could tell that someone was scared.
In the survey, men were found to be better at recognizing emotions and anger.
The researchers say the ability improves with age – until you reach 65.
The best scores were seen in people aged 55-64 and 45-54, they say, though people aged 65 and over were best at determining when a person is ‘ashamed.’
On average, participants scored 4.9/10 on the test, ‘suggesting most people can’t detect other people’s moods as much as they think they might.’