The Nomological Network of Emotion Recognition Ability

Schlegel, Katja; Fontaine, Johnny R. J.; Scherer, Klaus R. (2017). The Nomological Network of Emotion Recognition Ability. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 35(3), pp. 352-363. Hogrefe 10.1027/1015-5759/a000396

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The ability to recognize other people’s emotions from their face, voice, and body (emotion recognition ability, ERA) is crucial to successful functioning in private and professional life. The Geneva Emotion Recognition Test (GERT; Schlegel, Grandjean, & Scherer, 2014) is a new instrument to measure ERA in a more ecologically valid way than previous tests. In this article, we report the results of five studies examining the test’s construct validity with a total N of 1,284. We found that the GERT was highly positively correlated with other performance-based tests measuring ERA and emotional intelligence (EI), as well as with cognitive intelligence. GERT scores were also related to higher self-reported empathy, openness, and neuroticism, and to better social adjustment. Furthermore, higher GERT scores were related to lower anxiety, anger expressivity, and alexithymia. In line with previous findings, women scored higher than men and GERT performance declined with increasing age. Taken together, these results provide considerable evidence for the construct validity of the GERT and for ERA as an adaptive skill that likely facilitates better life outcomes.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Personality Psychology, Differential Psychology and Diagnostics

UniBE Contributor:

Schlegel, Katja


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education








Katja Schlegel

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24 Apr 2018 16:26

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05 Dec 2022 15:09

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