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Study: Men Have More Difficulty Figuring Out Women’s Emotions

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File photo of a couple holding hands. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – Tell women something they don’t already know.

A new study found that men have twice as much difficulty figuring out women’s emotions from images of their eyes compared to men’s emotions, according to LiveScience.

The study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE last week, stemmed from research from German researchers. According to the study, a team of German researchers led by Boris Schiffer, a researcher at the LWL-University Hospital in Bochum, Germany, put 22 men with an average age of 36 in a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner. The scanner uses blood flow to measure brain activity of the men, who were between 21 and 52.

In the scanning exercises, the men were asked look at images of 36 pairs of eyes, and asked to guess the emotion the people with the eyes felt. According to the study, men had more difficulty guessing the exact emotion from women’s eyes.

The findings suggested that men are more culturally trained to understand another man’s emotions rather than a woman.

“As men were more involved in hunting and territory fights, it would have been important for them to be able to predict and foresee the intentions and actions of their male rivals,” the researchers concluded.

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