ERIC Number: ED221811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-9
Reference Count: 0
Emotion Recognition Ability: A Multimethod-Multitrait Study.
Gaines, Margie; And Others
A common paradigm in measuring the ability to recognize facial expressions of emotion is to present photographs of facial expressions and to ask subjects to identify the emotion. The Affect Blend Test (ABT) uses this method of assessment and is scored for accuracy on specific affects as well as total accuracy. Another method of measuring affect recognition is the one used in the 20 face-alone items of the Profile of Nonverbal Sensitivity (PONS). Each videotape item, lasting 2 seconds, is paired with a response set of two situation descriptions. Both tests were given to 53 undergraduates to examine measures of emotion recognition ability. The PONS and ABT were first presented with their situation description formats. One week later the affect label formats for both tests were administered. Also in the test battery were included a standardized vocabulary test as a measure of verbal intelligence, a mood scale, and the Mehrabian-Epstein Empathy Scale. Results indicated the existence of specific affect-related recognition skills. The interrelationships among the methods of emotion recognition and the other measures illustrate the connection between construct validity and method variation. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Emotions; Facial Expressions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (62nd, Sacramento, CA, April 7-11, 1982).