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A Scale of Emotional Intelligence

Contents

  • Introduction to the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT)
  • The MSCEIT structure
  • Obtaining the MSCEIT
  • MSCEIT resources

Introduction to the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT)

Discloscure of Interests: John D. Mayer and his coauthors receive royalties from the publisher of the MSCEIT on sales of the test.

What the MSCEIT Measures

The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intellignece Test (MSCEIT) is a measure of overall emotional intelligence, as well as of emotional intelligence in several subsidiary areas such as using emotion to enhance thought, and abilities at emotional understanding and emotional management. The test requires some training and/or supervision to administer and interpret at the individual level.

The MSCEIT is a Test of Ability

The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test is designed to measure emotional intelligence by directly assessing a person's capacity to identify emotions in others, to use emotions to facilitate thought, to understand emotional meanings, and to know how to manage emotions.

The MSCEIT is an ability test: That is, it evaluates participants' responses according to a criterion of correctness rather than relying on a self judgement such as "I am emotionally intelligent (True-False)." This is important because actual skill is very different (i.e., uncorrelated or minimally correlated) with self-judged skills in this area.

The MSCEIT Structure

An outline of the test's structure is below (or you can open this larger jpeg). The MSCEIT is composed of 141 items. The figure shows that the items are divided across 8 tasks. The 8 tasks combine to form 4 branches of skills, and 2 broader areas of skills. All these can be combined to come up with an overall score of emotional IQ.

The structure of the MSCEIT

Obtaining the MSCEIT

For Researchers

If you conduct research and are affiliated with a college, university, or other non-profit research organization, you may qualify for a research discount to purchase the test. To learn more, please see the “Research Use of the MSCEIT" page on emotionaliq.org, a site maintained by my colleague and coauthor of the test, Dr. David R. Caruso.

For General Users

A general introduction to what you need to purchase in order to use the MSCEIT is maintained online by Dr. David R. Caruso at his website, emotionaliq.org. The actual website for MHS and the MSCEIT is www.MHS.com/MSCEIT.aspx.

MSCEIT Resources

The MSCEIT Users Guide

The "MSCEIT Users Guide" is the test manual from MHS. It includes a great deal of information about the test, its rationale, full standardization sample, reliability, and validity (as of 2002, the date of pubication). The Users Guide is available through MHS of Toronto, at www.MHS.com/MSCEIT.aspx.

Key Reprints about the MSCEIT Online

the MSCEIT and its characteristics are reported in various articles including a brief article in the journal Emotion that introduces the scale, an article in the American Psychologist and one in the Annual Review of Psychology that report evidence of its validity as of 2008. These latter articles are available here and here.

Laboratory Technical Supplement

A few additional technical issues for researchers that concern estimating the reliability of the test and establishing local norms are dealt with the in the laboratory technical supplement for the MSCEIT.

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