THE EMPATHY QUOTIENT (EQ) - The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty - Simon Baron-Cohen

The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty - Simon Baron-Cohen (2011)

APPENDIX 1. THE EMPATHY QUOTIENT (EQ)*

The Empathy Quotient (EQ)—Adult Version

How to fill out the questionnaire

Below is a list of statements. Please read each statement very carefully and rate how strongly you agree or disagree with it by checking your answer. There are no right or wrong answers or trick questions.

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How to Score Your EQ

Score two points for each of the following items if you answered “strongly agree” or one point if you answered “slightly agree”: 1, 3, 11, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, and 40.

Score two points for each of the following items if you answered “definitely disagree” or one point if you answered “slightly disagree”: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 30, 31, 32, and 33.

Simply add up all the points you have scored to obtain your total EQ score.

How to Interpret Your EQ Score

✵ 0-32 = low (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20)

✵ 33-52 = average range (most women score about 47 and most men score about 42)

✵ 52-63 = above average

✵ 64-80 = very high

✵ 80 = maximum

Details on the norms, validity, reliability, and other statistical issues relating to the tests shown in these Appendixes are given in the original articles published in the scientific journals, cited earlier.

The Empathy Quotient (EQ)—Child Version

Please complete by checking the appropriate box for each statement.

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How to Score Your Child’s EQ

Score two points for each of the following items if you answered “strongly agree” or one point if you answered “slightly agree”: 1, 4, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25.

Score two points for each of the following items if you answered “definitely disagree” or one point if you answered “slightly disagree”: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 17, 18, 20, 26, and 27.

Simply add up all the points you have scored to obtain your total EQ score.

How to Interpret Your Child’s EQ Score

✵ 0-24 = low (most children with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 14)

✵ 25-44 = average range (most girls score about 40 and most boys score about 34)

✵ 45-49 = above average

✵ 50-54 = very high

✵ 54 = maximum

Details on the norms, validity, reliability, and other statistical issues relating to the tests shown in these Appendixes are given in the original articles published in the scientific journals, cited earlier.

* See E. Chapman, S. Baron-Cohen, B. Auyeung, R. Knickmeyer, K. Taylor, and G. Hackett, Foetal testosterone and empathy: Evidence from the Empathy Quotient (EQ) and the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” test, Social Neuroscience 1, 135-148 (2006).