A better understanding of the impact of stereotype boosts and threats on men’s and women’s emotional intelligence (EI) performance is vital to understanding the overall gender difference in EI performance, and the impact of gender stereotypes on EI and interpersonal relationships more generally. This research program investigating gender differences in EI is guided by two main research questions: Can stereotype threat help explain gender differences in EI (as measured by the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test, MSCEIT—which is an ability-based test of emotional intelligence)? Can we harness the power of stereotype boosts to improve individuals’ EI?

The findings from these experiments will be disseminated not only in research journals, but also to teachers, parents, and students, to help reduce gender stereotypes related to emotional intelligence, to highlight the value of emotional intelligence in both personal and professional relationships, and to encourage all individuals to foster their own and others’ emotional intelligence.

This research is funded by a Templeton World Charity Foundation “Diverse Intelligences” Grant awarded to Dr. Doyle.