Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
Print version ISSN 0102-7972
JESUS JUNIOR, Adauto Garcia de and NORONHA, Ana Paula Porto. Emotional intelligence and reasoning tests: a correlacional study. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2007, vol.20, n.3, pp. 480-489. ISSN 0102-7972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722007000300016.
This paper intended to study the convergent validity as detailed by Mayer, Salovey and Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test - MSCEIT, as a tool to assess Emotional Intelligence by relating them to the Baterias de Provas de Raciocínio (Series of Reasoning Tests) - BPR-5, regarding fluid and crystallized intelligence. The sample consisted of 191 grad students, between 17 and 60 years old, with majors in the areas of Pedagogy, PE, BA, Accounting and Information Systems, from a privately funded university from the state of Sao Paulo. The instruments were applied in two collective sessions in groups classified by their majors. The general correlation between MSCEIT and BPR-5 was low and significant (r=0,18; p<0,05), showing a little convergence of constructs. However, this correlation was increased (r=0,28; p<0,01), when discarding the Spatial and Mechanical reasoning tests (BPR-5), for they also assess other skills besides Crystallized and Fluid Intelligence.
Keywords : Psychological tests; psychological assessment; convergent validity; intelligence.