Three recent studies (2009 and later) on emotional intelligence give an insight to the following questions:
A) How do general intelligence and emotional intelligence impact college students' academic and social abilities?
B) Do subjects with schizophrenia show impaired emotional intelligence compared to a control group? If so, in which emotional intelligence areas do they show the most impairment?
C) Can emotional intelligence be taught? If so, does that information get retained over time?
Song et al. (2010), studied the impact of general mental ability (GMA) and emotional intelligence (EI) on college students' academic and social performance. While GMA and EI both had an influence on academic performance, GMA was found to be a stronger predictor of academic performance than EI. However, only EI, not GMA, was related to the quality of social interactions with peers.
Subjects with schizophrenia were compared to a control group on a measure of EI, the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT). Subjects with schizophrenia performed significantly worse than controls on the total MSCEIT score. They also performed significantly worse than controls on three out of four MSCEIT subtests: Identifying, Understanding, and Managing Emotions. In addition, there was a significant increase in negative and disorganized symptoms in schizophrenic subjects with lower MSCEIT scores. Lower MSCEIT scores were also significantly correlated with more difficulties in community functioning (Kee, et al. 2009).