Eye Test (Simon Baron Cohen)

the revised version of the Adult Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test.

publication details of the original version appeared in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 38, 813-822 (1997). The revised version which we have sent you was published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychiatry, 42, 241-252 (2001).
A child version of this test has also been developed and is available upon request. It was published in the Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders, 5, 47-78 (2001).
We would, of course, appreciate hearing of any results you obtain with this test.
Thank you.
Best wishes

Simon Baron-Cohen

source : https://www.autismresearchcentre.com/arc_tests

Adult Eyes Instructions

For each set of eyes, choose and circle which word best describes what the person in the picture is thinking or feeling. You may feel that more than one word is applicable but please choose just one word, the word which you consider to be most suitable. Before making your choice, make sure that you have read all 4 words. You should try to do the task as quickly as possible but you will not be timed. If you really don’t know what a word means you can look it up in the definition handout.

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ACCUSING: blaming
The policeman was accusing the man of stealing a wallet.

AFFECTIONATE: showing fondness towards someone
Most mothers are affectionate to their babies by giving them lots of kisses and cuddles.

AGHAST: horrified, astonished, alarmed
Jane was aghast when she discovered her house had been burgled.

ALARMED: fearful, worried, filled with anxiety
Claire was alarmed when she thought she was being followed home.

AMUSED: finding something funny
I was amused by a funny joke someone told me.

ANNOYED: irritated, displeased
Jack was annoyed when he found out he had missed the last bus home.

At the start of the football match, the fans were anticipating a quick goal.

ANXIOUS: worried, tense, uneasy
The student was feeling anxious before taking her final exams.

APOLOGETIC: feeling sorry
The waiter was very apologetic when he spilt soup all over the customer.

ARROGANT: conceited, self-important, having a big opinion of oneself
The arrogant man thought he knew more about politics than everyone else in the room.

ASHAMED: overcome with shame or guilt
The boy felt ashamed when his mother discovered him stealing money from her purse.

ASSERTIVE: confident, dominant, sure of oneself
The assertive woman demanded that the shop give her a refund.

BAFFLED: confused, puzzled, dumbfounded
The detectives were completely baffled by the murder case.

BEWILDERED: utterly confused, puzzled, dazed
The child was bewildered when visiting the big city for the first time.

CAUTIOUS: careful, wary
Sarah was always a bit cautious when talking to someone she did not know.

COMFORTING: consoling, compassionate
The nurse was comforting the wounded soldier.

CONCERNED: worried, troubled
The doctor was concerned when his patient took a turn for the worse.

CONFIDENT: self-assured, believing in oneself
The tennis player was feeling very confident about winning his match.

CONFUSED: puzzled, perplexed
Lizzie was so confused by the directions given to her, she got lost.

CONTEMPLATIVE: reflective, thoughtful, considering
John was in a contemplative mood on the eve of his 60th birthday.

CONTENTED: satisfied
After a nice walk and a good meal, David felt very contented.

CONVINCED: certain, absolutely positive
Richard was convinced he had come to the right decision.

CURIOUS: inquisitive, inquiring, prying
Louise was curious about the strange shaped parcel.

DECIDING: making your mind up
The man was deciding whom to vote for in the election.

DECISIVE: already made your mind up
Jane looked very decisive as she walked into the polling station.

DEFIANT: insolent, bold, don’t care what anyone else thinks
The animal protester remained defiant even after being sent to prison.

DEPRESSED: miserable
George was depressed when he didn't receive any birthday cards.

DESIRE: passion, lust, longing for
Kate had a strong desire for chocolate.

DESPONDENT: gloomy, despairing, without hope
Gary was despondent when he did not get the job he wanted.

DISAPPOINTED: displeased, disgruntled
Manchester United fans were disappointed not to win the Championship.

DISPIRITED: glum, miserable, low
Adam was dispirited when he failed his exams.

DISTRUSTFUL: suspicious, doubtful, wary
The old woman was distrustful of the stranger at her door.

DOMINANT: commanding, bossy
The sergeant major looked dominant as he inspected the new recruits.

DOUBTFUL: dubious, suspicious, not really believing
Mary was doubtful that her son was telling the truth.

DUBIOUS: doubtful, suspicious
Peter was dubious when offered a surprisingly cheap television in a pub.

EAGER: keen
On Christmas morning, the children were eager to open their presents.

EARNEST: having a serious intention
Harry was very earnest about his religious beliefs.

After forgetting a colleague's name, Jenny felt very embarrassed.

ENCOURAGING: hopeful, heartening, supporting
All the parents were encouraging their children in the school sports day.

ENTERTAINED: absorbed and amused or pleased by something
I was very entertained by the magician.

ENTHUSIASTIC: very eager, keen
Susan felt very enthusiastic about her new fitness plan.

FANTASIZING: daydreaming
Emma was fantasizing about being a film star.

FASCINATED: captivated, really interested
At the seaside, the children were fascinated by the creatures in the rock pools.

FEARFUL: terrified, worried
In the dark streets, the women felt fearful.

FLIRTATIOUS: brazen, saucy, teasing, playful
Connie was accused of being flirtatious when she winked at a stranger at a party.

FLUSTERED: confused, nervous and upset
Sarah felt a bit flustered when she realised how late she was for the meeting and that she had forgotten an important document.

FRIENDLY: sociable, amiable
The friendly girl showed the tourists the way to the town centre.

GRATEFUL: thankful
Kelly was very grateful for the kindness shown by the stranger.

GUILTY: feeling sorry for doing something wrong
Charlie felt guilty about having an affair.

HATEFUL: showing intense dislike
The two sisters were hateful to each other and always fighting.

HOPEFUL: optimistic
Larry was hopeful that the post would bring good news.

HORRIFIED: terrified, appalled
The man was horrified to discover that his new wife was already married.

HOSTILE: unfriendly
The two neighbors were hostile towards each other because of an argument about loud music.

IMPATIENT: restless, wanting something to happen soon
Jane grew increasingly impatient as she waited for her friend who was already 20 minutes late.

IMPLORING: begging, pleading
Nicola looked imploring as she tried to persuade her dad to lend her the car.

INCREDULOUS: not believing
Simon was incredulous when he heard that he had won the lottery.

INDECISIVE: unsure, hesitant, unable to make your mind up
Tammy was so indecisive that she couldn't even decide what to have for lunch.

INDIFFERENT: disinterested, unresponsive, don't care
Terry was completely indifferent as to whether they went to the cinema or the pub.

INSISTING: demanding, persisting, maintaining
After a work outing, Frank was insisting he paid the bill for everyone.

INSULTING: rude, offensive
The football crowd was insulting the referee after he gave a penalty.

INTERESTED: inquiring, curious
After seeing Jurassic Park, Hugh grew very interested in dinosaurs.

INTRIGUED: very curious, very interested
A mystery phone call intrigued Zoe.

IRRITATED: exasperated, annoyed
Frances was irritated by all the junk mail she received.

JEALOUS: envious
Tony was jealous of all the taller, better-looking boys in his class.

JOKING: being funny, playful
Gary was always joking with his friends.

NERVOUS: apprehensive, tense, worried
Just before her job interview, Alice felt very nervous.

OFFENDED: insulted, wounded, having hurt feelings
When someone made a joke about her weight, Martha felt very offended.

PANICKED: distraught, feeling of terror or anxiety
On waking to find the house on fire, the whole family was panicked.

PENSIVE: thinking about something slightly worrying
Susie looked pensive on the way to meeting her boyfriend's parents for the first time.

PERPLEXED: bewildered, puzzled, confused
Frank was perplexed by the disappearance of his garden gnomes.

PLAYFUL full: of high spirits and fun
Neil was feeling playful at his birthday party.

PREOCCUPIED: absorbed, engrossed in one's own thoughts
Worrying about her mother's illness made Debbie preoccupied at work

PUZZLED: perplexed, bewildered, confused
After doing the crossword for an hour, June was still puzzled by one clue.

REASSURING: supporting, encouraging, giving someone confidence
Andy tried to look reassuring as he told his wife that her new dress did suit her.

REFLECTIVE: contemplative, thoughtful
George was in a reflective mood as he thought about what he'd done with his life.

Lee was always regretful that he had never travelled when he was younger.

RELAXED: taking it easy, calm, carefree
On holiday, Pam felt happy and relaxed.

RELIEVED: freed from worry or anxiety
At the restaurant, Ray was relieved to find that he had not forgotten his wallet.

RESENTFUL: bitter, hostile
The businessman felt very resentful towards his younger colleague who had been promoted above him.

SARCASTIC: cynical, mocking, scornful
The comedian made a sarcastic comment when someone came into the theatre late.

SATISFIED: content, fulfilled
Steve felt very satisfied after he had got his new flat just how he wanted it.

SCEPTICAL: doubtful, suspicious, mistrusting
Patrick looked sceptical as someone read out his horoscope to him.

SERIOUS: solemn, grave
The bank manager looked serious as he refused Nigel an overdraft.

STERN: severe, strict, firm
The teacher looked very stern as he told the class off.

SUSPICIOUS: disbelieving, suspecting, doubting
After Sam had lost his wallet for the second time at work, he grew suspicious of one of his colleagues.

SYMPATHETIC: kind, compassionate
The nurse looked sympathetic as she told the patient the bad news.

TENTATIVE: hesitant, uncertain, cautious
Andrew felt a bit tentative as he went into the room full of strangers.

TERRIFIED: alarmed, fearful
The boy was terrified when he thought he saw a ghost.

THOUGHTFUL: thinking about something
Phil looked thoughtful as he sat waiting for the girlfriend he was about to finish with.

THREATENING: menacing, intimidating
The large, drunken man was acting in a very threatening way.

UNEASY: unsettled, apprehensive, troubled
Karen felt slightly uneasy about accepting a lift from the man she had only met that day.

UPSET: agitated, worried, uneasy
The man was very upset when his mother died.

WORRIED: anxious, fretful, troubled
When her cat went missing, the girl was very worried.