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The Handbook of Understanding and Measuring Intelligence provides an overview of recent studies on intelligence to help readers develop a sound understanding of results and perspectives in intelligence research. In this volume, editors Oliver Wilhelm and Randall W. Engle bring together a group of respected experts from two fields of intelligence research, cognition and methods, to summarize, review, and evaluate research in their areas of expertise. The chapters in this book present state-of-the-art examinations of a particular domain of intelligence research and highlight important methodological considerations, theoretical claims, and pervasive problems in the field.  

Emotional Intelligence: An Elusive Ability?
Emotional intelligence: An elusive ability?
GeraldMatthewsMosheZeidnerRichard D.Roberts

The search for specifically socialemotional abilities distinct from “general” intelligence has a long and checkered history. Major figures in intelligence research, including Thorndike, Wechsler, and Guilford, recognized that people might differ not just in intellectual abilities but also in “the ability to understand and manage men and women, boys and girls—to act wisely in human relations” (Thorndike, 1920, p. 227). Unfortunately, constructs related to such social competence proved difficult to operationalize and to distinguish from standard, academic forms of intelligence (including general intelligence, or g). Indeed, based on the finding of significant overlap, in particular, with verbal abilities, cronbach (1970) concluded that research on social intelligence was fruitless.

However, the concept has refused to die, perhaps ...

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