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Intelligence and Sensory Sensitivity as Predictors of Emotion Recognition Ability

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Institute of Psychology, University of Bern, 3018 Bern, Switzerland
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Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
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Received: 29 September 2017 / Revised: 2 November 2017 / Accepted: 6 November 2017 / Published: 8 November 2017
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Abstract

The ability to recognize emotions from nonverbal cues (emotion recognition ability, ERA) is a core component of emotional intelligence, which has recently been conceptualized as a second-stratum factor of intelligence (MacCann et al., 2014). However, only few studies have empirically investigated the link between ERA, intelligence, and other mental abilities. The present study examined the associations between ERA, fluid intelligence, and sensory sensitivity in a sample of 214 participants. Results showed that both fluid intelligence and sensory sensitivity explained unique portions of variance in ERA. These findings suggest that future studies on ERA should include intelligence measures to assess the incremental validity of ERA above and beyond intelligence. View Full-Text
Keywords: emotion recognition ability; intelligence; sensory sensitivity; individual differences; emotional intelligence emotion recognition ability; intelligence; sensory sensitivity; individual differences; emotional intelligence
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Schlegel, K.; Witmer, J.S.; Rammsayer, T.H. Intelligence and Sensory Sensitivity as Predictors of Emotion Recognition Ability. J. Intell. 2017, 5, 35.

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