Exploring the validity of the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) with established emotions measures.

Academic Article


  • Emotions measures represent an important means of obtaining construct validity evidence for emotional intelligence (EI) tests because they have the same theoretical underpinnings. Additionally, the extent to which both emotions and EI measures relate to intelligence is poorly understood. The current study was designed to address these issues. Participants (N = 138) completed the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), two emotions measures, as well as four intelligence tests. Results provide mixed support for the model hypothesized to underlie the MSCEIT, with emotions research and EI measures failing to load on the same factor. The emotions measures loaded on the same factor as intelligence measures. The validity of certain EI components (in particular, Emotion Perception), as currently assessed, appears equivocal.
  • Authors

  • Mayer, John D.
  • Roberts, Richard D
  • Schulze, Ralf
  • O'Brien, Kristin
  • MacCann, Carolyn
  • Reid, John
  • Maul, Andy
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • November 2006
  • Published In

  • Emotion  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Adult
  • Emotions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Male
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 17144757
  • Start Page

  • 663
  • End Page

  • 669
  • Volume

  • 6
  • Issue

  • 4