Social perception: relationships with general intelligence, working memory, processing speed, visual-spatial ability, and verbal comprehension

John Mark Froiland, Mark L. Davison

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Abstract

Social perception is important because it can affect the way intelligence is expressed during social interactions at school, home, and work. This study (N = 800) of adolescents and adults (age range = 16–91) examined which specific aspects of intelligence are associated with social perception (a composite of affect labelling, linking prosody to facial expressions, and interpreting the intent of a speaker). Women scored higher on social perception than men. Verbal comprehension (VC), perceptual reasoning (PR), working memory (WM), and processing speed (PS) accounted for 20% of the social perception variation, significantly (p <.05) more than did Full Scale IQ alone. VC had the largest effect on social perception, followed by PS and PR. WM had a non-significant effect on social perception. Implications for theory and research on intelligence and emotional intelligence are discussed along with implications for educational practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)750-766
Number of pages17
JournalEducational Psychology
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2020

Keywords

  • Intelligence
  • emotional intelligence
  • social cognition
  • verbal comprehension
  • working memory

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