Theory of the Mind is the ability to infer what other people are feeling and thinking based on observing them. On average, females tend to have slightly superior Theory of Mind (ToM) abilities (Baron-Cohen, 1995). We tested the hypothesis that ToM would be affected by estrogen levels. Specifically, we measured women before and after starting the use of estrogen-containing oral contraceptives and found that they did not perform statistically better after taking oral contraceptives. These results provide no support for the hypothesis that estrogen is the driving force behind the sex difference in ToM.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Renfrow, Alissa R.; Ruley, Cassandra L.; Decker, Jon; Trcka, Sara; and DeSoto, M. Catherine
"The Possible Role of Hormones in the Theory of Mind,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 49.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/49