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Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test

John D. Mayer, Ph.D.
Peter Salovey, Ph.D.
David R. Caruso, Ph.D.

Technical Information

The normative data for the MSCEIT is a compilation of data from three samples. The combined total of these samples creates a normative base of 5,000 respondents that form a representative sample in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, and level of education.

Reliability and Validity
MSCEIT was developed using rigorous test-development procedures. The User’s Manual discusses its background and underlying theoretical concepts and offers a series of nine case studies that illustrate potential uses of MSCEIT across a variety of settings. Reliability and validity data provide empirical justification for MSCEIT’s use.

  • Face validity is readily apparent in the tasks employed by the test
  • Content validity is also strong, as the scale items provide a good representation of the Four Branch Model
  • Findings to date point to suitable construct validity and unique predictive validity
  • Detailed psychometric development history is outlined
  • Scale intercorrelations are presented

Please refer to the MSCEIT User’s Manual for greater detail.
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Personal Summary Reports
Personal Summary Reports present scores graphically and numerically, along with scale descriptions and a summary of responses.

Resource Reports
Resource Reports are designed to be a very thorough and easily understood feedback tool for use with respondents.

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For more information on the MSCEIT click here.
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About the Authors

John D. Mayer, Ph.D.
Dr. Mayer’s study of psychology integrated his interests in both the sciences and the arts. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in general psychology at Case Western Reserve University, then worked for two years as a research associate in the intelligence laboratory of Dr. Douglas Detterman. His education continued at Stanford University as a Postdoctoral Scholar, where he studied the interaction of emotion and thought with Dr. Gordon Bower. Dr. Mayer is presently a professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Mayer’s scholarly work has encompassed both empirical research and theory development. Regarding the mutual influences of feelings and thought, he developed, with his colleague Peter Salovey, the scientific theory of emotional intelligence, and a series of ability tests for its measure were developed. He has also developed a framework for the description of an individual’s overall psychological functioning. His systems framework for the study of personality has appeared in a series of peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Personality, Psychological Inquiry, and elsewhere. Dr. Mayer has published over 70 theoretical and empirical scientific publications, including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and edited books. Dr. Mayer has served on the editorial boards of Psychological Bulletin, the Journal of Personality, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of General Psychology. He has been the recipient of an Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health; he has had his research funded by the National Institutes of Health; and has been a senior research fellow of the United States Army Research Institute.

Peter Salovey, Ph.D.
After completing his undergraduate education at Stanford University, Peter Salovey received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University. He now serves as the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, and Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, and Chairman of the Department of Psychology. Professor Salovey is also the director of the Department of Psychology’s Health, Emotion, and Behavior (HEB) Laboratory and Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). Peter Salovey’s recent work on emotion has focused on the ways in which feelings facilitate adaptive cognitive and behavioral functioning. Professor Salovey has published over 165 articles in the scientific literature. Some of his recent books include: The Psychology of Jealousy and Envy (1991), The Remembered Self: Emotions and Memory in Personality (1993; with Jefferson A. Singer), Psychology (1993; with Zick Rubin and Letitia Anne Peplau), Emotional Development and Emotional Intelligence: Educational Implications (1997; with David Sluyter), and At Play in the Fields of Consciousness (1999; with Jefferson A. Singer). Professor Salovey edits the Guildford Press series on Emotions and Social Behavior, and was named the first editor of the Review of General Psychology.

Dr. Salovey’s research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center for Health Statistics, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Ethel F. Donaghue Foundation.

David R. Caruso, Ph.D.
David R. Caruso is a psychologist and founder of WorkLife Strategies of New Canaan, Connecticut, whose work on care related issues spans assessment, counseling, organizational development, and executive coaching. He received his master’s degree and his doctorate in psychology from Case Western Reserve University. Upon graduation, he was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health fellowship and spent the next two years as a postdoctoral fellow in Developmental psychology at Yale University. At Yale, his work included collaborations with Dr. Edward Zigler and with Dr. Robert Sternberg. He serves as Vice President of Assessment at Harris-McCully Associates, a human resources consulting company based in New York City. In addition, Dr. Caruso is a Research Affiliate in the Department of Psychology at Yale University.

Dr. Caruso’s interests center around how to apply models of emotional intelligence and personality to the workplace. Dr. Caruso combines a distinguished academic career in psychology with more than 10 years of experience in small business, consulting, and Fortune 500 organizations. He has led numerous product development teams, conducted sales training seminars, developed and implemented marketing plans, and introduced new products in the United States and Europe, including a new line of multimillion dollar software programs.
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John D. Mayer, Ph.D.,
Peter Salovey, Ph.D., &
David R. Caruso, Ph.D.

Age Range 17 years and older

Administration Time 30 to 45 minutes

Administration Type Client-completed

Qualification Level B