Empathy Quotient

The Empathy Quotient (EQ) test is a standard self-report measure of one's tendency and ability to empathize with others. It was created to help test the empathizing-systematizing theory, which suggests that people exist on a continuum between extremely systematic, analytical thinkers and highly empathic, emotional thinkers. While the evidence for this theory is still debated, the EQ test is independently used in a wide variety of research.

The task you will engage in to complete the EQ is a simple survey. You will see 40 statements, one at a time, and rate them with respect to how well they apply to yourself on the 1-4 scale shown above (left). At the end of the study, you will be presented with histograms that reflect the distribution of other participants' responses on the EQ test. Your scores relative to others will be shown via a vertical line, as shown above (right). Please note that receiving a high or low score on this survey is not necessarily a good or bad thing. There are both advantages and drawbacks to being very empathic, and only you can decide how to appropriately weigh the information the survey provides. If you wish to participate in the EQ, please click the button below.