Title

Emotional Intelligence and Mismatching Expressive and Verbal Messages: A Contribution to Detection of Deception

Authors

Authors

J. Wojciechowski; M. Stolarski;G. Matthews

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Abbreviated Journal Title

PLoS One

Keywords

GENDER-DIFFERENCES; FACIAL EXPRESSIONS; LIE DETECTION; SEX-DIFFERENCES; VISUAL-STIMULI; ABILITY; RECOGNITION; PERCEPTION; ACCURACY; CUES; Multidisciplinary Sciences

Abstract

Processing facial emotion, especially mismatches between facial and verbal messages, is believed to be important in the detection of deception. For example, emotional leakage may accompany lying. Individuals with superior emotion perception abilities may then be more adept in detecting deception by identifying mismatch between facial and verbal messages. Two personal factors that may predict such abilities are female gender and high emotional intelligence (EI). However, evidence on the role of gender and EI in detection of deception is mixed. A key issue is that the facial processing skills required to detect deception may not be the same as those required to identify facial emotion. To test this possibility, we developed a novel facial processing task, the FDT (Face Decoding Test) that requires detection of inconsistencies between facial and verbal cues to emotion. We hypothesized that gender and ability EI would be related to performance when cues were inconsistent. We also hypothesized that gender effects would be mediated by EI, because women tend to score as more emotionally intelligent on ability tests. Data were collected from 210 participants. Analyses of the FDT suggested that EI was correlated with superior face decoding in all conditions. We also confirmed the expected gender difference, the superiority of high EI individuals, and the mediation hypothesis. Also, EI was more strongly associated with facial decoding performance in women than in men, implying there may be gender differences in strategies for processing affective cues. It is concluded that integration of emotional and cognitive cues may be a core attribute of EI that contributes to the detection of deception.

Journal Title

Plos One

Volume

9

Issue/Number

3

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

13

WOS Identifier

WOS:000333355300100

ISSN

1932-6203

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