Emotional intelligence and social perception

Kendra P. A. DeBusk, Elizabeth J. Austin

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One of the key facets of emotional intelligence (EI) is the capacity of an individual to recognise emotions in others. However, this has not been tested cross-culturally, despite the body of research indicating that people are better at recognising facial affect of members of their own culture. Given the emotion recognition aspect of EI, it would seem that EI should be related to correctly identifying emotion in others regardless of race. In order to test this, a social perception inspection time task was carried out in which participants (41 Caucasian and 46 Far-East Asian) were required to identify the emotion on Caucasian and Far-East Asian faces that were happy, sad, or angry. Results from this study indicate that El was not related to correctly identifying facial expressions. The results did confirm that participants are better able to recognise people of their own ethnicity, though this was only applicable to negative emotions. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)764-768
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


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