Emotional Intelligence: Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive, understand, and manage emotions in oneself and others. We conduct research on the quality of existing measures of emotional intelligence, the development of new measures of emotional intelligence, and alternative scoring methods for tests of emotional intelligence.

Test Development: We have developed new measures of emotional intelligence, social intelligence, and emotional expressivity, friendship quality, and vocabulary. We have also developed measures of psychopathology, including psychopathy, manipulation skill, and depression.

Program for Open-Ended Scoring: We have developed a computer program, called Program for Open-Ended Scoring, which can be used to score open-ended tests. POES is most commonly used to score the Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (Lane, Quinlan, Schwartz, Walker, & Zeitlan, 1990).

Double Entry: Our lab is exploring new methods of entering research data into the computer to reduce the frequency and influence of data entry errors. We have shown that double entry is more effective than single entry, visual checking, partner read aloud, and solo read aloud. We have developed a free double entry system, called the Poka-Yoke Double Entry System.

Censored Data Analysis: A data point is “censored” when the researcher only has partial information about its value, knowing that it is at least as large as some number (or no larger than someone number), but not knowing its exact value.  Censoring can occur when test items are too easy or too hard, when questionnaire items ask about extreme behaviors or thoughts, or when two variables divide a dimension in half.  Data censoring distorts statistical results and conclusions.  We are in the processing of developing and testing methods of analyzing censored data to eliminate such biases.

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