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Emotional intelligence, working memory, and emotional vocabulary in L1 and L2: Interactions and dissociations

Mavrou, I; (2021) Emotional intelligence, working memory, and emotional vocabulary in L1 and L2: Interactions and dissociations. Lingua , 257 , Article 103083. 10.1016/j.lingua.2021.103083. Green open access

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Abstract

Cognition and emotion are interrelated concepts. However, very little is known about the relation between working memory capacity (WMC) and emotional intelligence (EI) and their effect on the retrieval and generation of emotional vocabulary. This study aimed to explore correlation patterns between WMC and four factors of trait EI (well-being, self-control, emotionality, sociability). It also sought to examine whether WMC and trait EI are significant determinants of the number and perceived pleasantness of emotion words freely retrieved and produced in a non-emotionally charged context and the extent to which language of retrieval had an effect on this association. The results showed negative correlations between WMC and two factors of trait EI (well-being and emotionality). Trait EI was the sole predictor variable of the perceived pleasantness of the words retrieved, whereas trait EI, language of retrieval, and gender explained a statistically significant amount of the variance in the number of emotion words generated. Qualitative analysis of the emotional vocabulary revealed a slight predominance of positive words and common patterns in the most highly activated words in both first and second languages.

Type: Article
Title: Emotional intelligence, working memory, and emotional vocabulary in L1 and L2: Interactions and dissociations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2021.103083
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2021.103083
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Working memory, trait emotional intelligence, emotional vocabulary, perceived pleasantness, retrieval processes, positivity bias
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10125969
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