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New Research: Women Read Minds Better Than Men


What kind of study was this?

This was a psychological assessment validation study, which means that researchers went through a multi-step process to develop a questionnaire that would detect some psychological phenomenon, and are now testing the questionnaire on real people to see if it works the way they expect it to work.

What did researchers want to know?

In this validation study, researchers wanted to know if this questionnaire actually measured mind-reading apart from “empathy” (feeling what another person is feeling) and autistic vs. non-autistic traits.

Mind reading is also known in psychological research as ‘mentalising,’ which is the ability to understand what another person is thinking by detecting subtle, non-verbal cues like facial expression and body posture.

What did the researchers actually do?

They gave the questionnaire to a bunch of people, both autistic and non-autistic. They also gave the same people other questionnaires so that their answers could be statistically compared to make sure the mentalising questionnaire was measuring something unique.

They also used statistical methods to make sure that different questions on the questionnaire acted the way the researchers expected them to act.

What did the researchers find?

They found that the questionnaire measured something unique apart from empathy and autistic vs. non-autistic behavior and that it is a valid assessment of mentalising. They also found that on average women scored higher in mentalising than men.

What does this mean for parents and kids?

Hmmm. We’ll let everyone draw their own conclusions!

Original article:

Clutterbuck, R. A., Callan, M. J., Taylor, E. C., Livingston, L. A., & Shah, P. (2021). Development and validation of the Four-Item Mentalising Index. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0001004

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Women are better than men at picking up on non-verbal cues that indicate what other people are thinking

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What kind of study was this?

This was a psychological assessment validation study, which means that researchers went through a multi-step process to develop a questionnaire that would detect some psychological phenomenon, and are now testing the questionnaire on real people to see if it works the way they expect it to work.

What did researchers want to know?

In this validation study, researchers wanted to know if this questionnaire actually measured mind-reading apart from “empathy” (feeling what another person is feeling) and autistic vs. non-autistic traits.

Mind reading is also known in psychological research as ‘mentalising,’ which is the ability to understand what another person is thinking by detecting subtle, non-verbal cues like facial expression and body posture.

What did the researchers actually do?

They gave the questionnaire to a bunch of people, both autistic and non-autistic. They also gave the same people other questionnaires so that their answers could be statistically compared to make sure the mentalising questionnaire was measuring something unique.

They also used statistical methods to make sure that different questions on the questionnaire acted the way the researchers expected them to act.

What did the researchers find?

They found that the questionnaire measured something unique apart from empathy and autistic vs. non-autistic behavior and that it is a valid assessment of mentalising. They also found that on average women scored higher in mentalising than men.

What does this mean for parents and kids?

Hmmm. We’ll let everyone draw their own conclusions!

Original article:

Clutterbuck, R. A., Callan, M. J., Taylor, E. C., Livingston, L. A., & Shah, P. (2021). Development and validation of the Four-Item Mentalising Index. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0001004


What kind of study was this?

This was a psychological assessment validation study, which means that researchers went through a multi-step process to develop a questionnaire that would detect some psychological phenomenon, and are now testing the questionnaire on real people to see if it works the way they expect it to work.

What did researchers want to know?

In this validation study, researchers wanted to know if this questionnaire actually measured mind-reading apart from “empathy” (feeling what another person is feeling) and autistic vs. non-autistic traits.

Mind reading is also known in psychological research as ‘mentalising,’ which is the ability to understand what another person is thinking by detecting subtle, non-verbal cues like facial expression and body posture.

What did the researchers actually do?

They gave the questionnaire to a bunch of people, both autistic and non-autistic. They also gave the same people other questionnaires so that their answers could be statistically compared to make sure the mentalising questionnaire was measuring something unique.

They also used statistical methods to make sure that different questions on the questionnaire acted the way the researchers expected them to act.

What did the researchers find?

They found that the questionnaire measured something unique apart from empathy and autistic vs. non-autistic behavior and that it is a valid assessment of mentalising. They also found that on average women scored higher in mentalising than men.

What does this mean for parents and kids?

Hmmm. We’ll let everyone draw their own conclusions!

Original article:

Clutterbuck, R. A., Callan, M. J., Taylor, E. C., Livingston, L. A., & Shah, P. (2021). Development and validation of the Four-Item Mentalising Index. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0001004


What kind of study was this?

This was a psychological assessment validation study, which means that researchers went through a multi-step process to develop a questionnaire that would detect some psychological phenomenon, and are now testing the questionnaire on real people to see if it works the way they expect it to work.

What did researchers want to know?

In this validation study, researchers wanted to know if this questionnaire actually measured mind-reading apart from “empathy” (feeling what another person is feeling) and autistic vs. non-autistic traits.

Mind reading is also known in psychological research as ‘mentalising,’ which is the ability to understand what another person is thinking by detecting subtle, non-verbal cues like facial expression and body posture.

What did the researchers actually do?

They gave the questionnaire to a bunch of people, both autistic and non-autistic. They also gave the same people other questionnaires so that their answers could be statistically compared to make sure the mentalising questionnaire was measuring something unique.

They also used statistical methods to make sure that different questions on the questionnaire acted the way the researchers expected them to act.

What did the researchers find?

They found that the questionnaire measured something unique apart from empathy and autistic vs. non-autistic behavior and that it is a valid assessment of mentalising. They also found that on average women scored higher in mentalising than men.

What does this mean for parents and kids?

Hmmm. We’ll let everyone draw their own conclusions!

Original article:

Clutterbuck, R. A., Callan, M. J., Taylor, E. C., Livingston, L. A., & Shah, P. (2021). Development and validation of the Four-Item Mentalising Index. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0001004

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