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Laboratory Publications on Emotional Intelligence*

*A complete list of laboratory publications is available at www.unh.edu/personalitylab

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Brackett, M. A., & Mayer, J. D. (2003). Convergent, discriminant, and incremental validity of competing measures of emotional intelligence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1147-1158. This article examines three tests designed to measure EI, the Schutte scale, the Bar-On EQ-i, and the MSCEIT. The three tests are shown to measure quite different psychological constructs (e.g., the test-to-test correlations are relatively low). Findings indicate that the MSCEIT is relatively independent of other personality measures.

Ciarrochi, J., Caputi, P., & Mayer, J. D. (2003). The distinctiveness and utility of a measure of trait emotional awareness. Personality and Individual Differences, 34, 1477-1490. This article examines the relationship between the MSCEIT test and the Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS). The two scales are found to measure two different things (i.e., their test-to-test correlations are low).

Mayer, J. D., Salovey, P., Caruso, D. R., & Sitarenios, G. (2003). Measuring emotional intelligence with the MSCEIT V2.0. Emotion, 3, 97-105. This article presents new evidence that both emotions experts and members of general samples can agree as to the best answer to an emotional intelligence item. It further indicates that scales of EI have high reliability. It provides persuasive evidence for a 3- or 4-factor model of emotional intelligence.

Brackett , M. A., Mayer, J. D., Warner , R. M. (2004). Emotional intelligence and its relation to everyday behaviour. Personality & Individual Differences, 36, 1387-1402. This article examines the relationship between emotional intelligence measured by the MSCEIT, and a person's external life space. The paper employs some innovative measurement technology on the side of assessing the life space (see the section on the life space on the web site: www.thepersonalitysystem.org). This particular data set was notable for some of the sex differences found in predictions (e.g., that the MSCEIT appeared to be more predictive for men than women).

Mayer, J. D. (2004). Be realistic. Harvard Business Review, 82, 28. This brief commentary cautions those interested in the emotional intelligence concept to be clear about what emotional intelligence is and isn't. It is (from this perspective) a mental ability involving emotions; it isn't optimism, motivation, etc.
Mayer, J. D., Salovey, P., & Caruso, D. R. (2004). Emotional intelligence: Theory, findings, and implications. Psychological Inquiry, 15, 197-215. This article has the most comprehensive review to-date of what the MSCEIT predicts and how well it makes those predictions. It also has a nice introduction to the field and the theory of EI we employ.
Mayer, J. D., Salovey, P., & Caruso, D. R. (2004). A further consideration of the issues of emotional intelligence. Psychological Inquiry, 15, 249-255. This article considers further questions, objections, and agreements by a panel of commentators on Mayer, Salovey, & Caruso (2004) (see immediately above). It provides a more detailed look at the reliability and validity of the MSCEIT, and what those concepts mean.
Mayer, J. D., Panter, A. T., Salovey, P., Caruso, D. R., & Sitarenios. G. (2005). A discrepancy in analyses of the MSCEIT - Resolving the mystery and understanding its implications: A reply to Gignac (2005). Emotion, 5, 236-237. This very brief article clarifies the reasons that certain fit-indices of a factor analysis regarding the MSCEIT were reported as they were. The article is in response to a comment by Gignac (2005) on some possible anomalies in the factor analyses that my colleagues and I reported in the journal Emotion in 2003 (see above, for a reprint). Our reply draws some general conclusions as to what is known about the factor structure of the MSCEIT at this time.