Pregnant Women can Read Emotions with more Accuracy

A new study has revealed that pregnant women can read signs of anger or aggression on someone's face more accurately as compared to men and females who are not pregnant, all thanks to the raging hormones.

It has been previously revealed that during certain phases of the menstrual cycle, women are able to better read emotions on people's faces, on the back of a peak in levels of progesterone, the female hormone. Now it has been established that the same can be true for pregnant women as well.

According to researchers of the study, women who are expecting can accurately detect emotions like joy and happiness, as well as pick up negative emotions, especially in later stages of pregnancy.

For the sake of study, Rebecca Pearson and researchers at the University of Bristol, UK, considered 76 pregnant women, and showed them 60 computer-generated faces, while asking them to assign one of the 6 given emotions to them. Analysis of the data thus collected led the researchers to the study's conclusions.

Details of the study and its findings have been published in the journal Hormones and Behavior.