Psychology Prof. Alison Jane Martingano publishes research on the effects of eavesdropping

Assistant Prof. Alison Jane Martingano recently published her research on eavesdropping. She found that listening-in to a conversation, versus actively participating in it, leads people to have enhanced Theory of Mind. Theory of Mind is the capacity to accurately infer other people’s thoughts and emotions and aids social functioning. This may explain why people who typically find themselves in listening roles (e.g., women) may develop higher levels of Theory of Mind.

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