Saturday, August 15, 2009

Empathy Quotient (EQ)

I was looking through some of the examples from the Empathy chapter and I thought that the EQ test looked interesting. The test is supposed to determine if you have a 'female mind'. I took the test and clicked the get score button on the bottom and it brought up this information,

Your score: 57
0-32=low ( most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20)
33-52=average (most women score about 47 and most men score about 42)
53-63 is above average
64-80 is very high
80 is maximum

The web address for the test is To take the test you have to click on your gender and if you choose you can type your name in. After that you just have to answer 60 simple questions with either defiantely agree, slightly agree, slightly disagree, or defiantly disagree.

There is a similar test that is called the Systemizing Quotient, or SQ. While the EQ is to see if you have a 'female mind', the SQ tells you if you have a 'male mind'. The test is set up with the same format as the EQ test. My results were

Your score: 35
20-39=average (most women score about 24 and most men score about 30)
40-50=above average (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high functioning autism score in this range)
51-80 is very high (three times as many people with Asperger Syndrome score in this range, compared to typical men, and almost no women score in this range)
80 is maximum

the web address for this test is

Explaining Summer Assignments

This is my second blog on this site. Third post total. The assignment was to take a suggestion from the book we are reading for our AP English 11 class and blog about the experience. I am planning on working on a design notebook that I will update as much as possible.

Design Notebook

The project that I am working on is titled Keep a Design Notebook. It is located on pages 89 and 90 of the book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink. It instructs to: Buy a small notebook and begin carrying it with you where ever you go. When you see great design, make a note of it. (Example: my $6.95 Hotspot silicone trivet--a thin, flexible square that doubles as a pot holder, triples as a jar opener, and looks cool.) Do the same for flawed design. (Example: the hazard light button in my car, which is so close to the gearshift that I often turn on my hazards when I put the car in park.)...

My notebook entries so far are:
-The turn signal on my motorcycle, it's just far enough away from the clutch that I can't turn the signals on or off while I'm shifting or making turns.
-The drawers on my dresser, if you accidentally pull them too far out then it is impossible to put them back without taking the whole thing apart.
-My motorcycle helmet, if I'm going slow or am at a stop my helmet gets really hot, to the point of needing to lift the visor, even though it has a vent thing on the front of it.