Katja Schlegel

Katja Schlegel
Post-doctoral Researcher




email address: Katja.Schlegel (at)  unige.ch

since 06/2013 Postdoctoral researcher, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences

10/2009 - 05/2013

Ph.D. candidate, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences.
Supervisors: Prof. Klaus R. Scherer & Prof. Didier Grandjean

Topic: Improving the measurement of emotion recognition ability


Diploma in Psychology

Title of diploma thesis: “Validation of a test of economic knowledge for use in the final year of secondary school (Realschule)” , Supervisors: Prof. Ulrich Trautwein, Prof. Matthias Ziegler; advisor: Prof. Gabriel Nagy
(Center for Educational Research, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin)

10/2003 - 07/2009 Diploma studies in Psychology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany



Current Research

During my PhD, I studied individual differences in the ability to recognize emotions in others.

The ability to recognize the type and intensity of others’ emotional states from their nonverbal expressions is a central component of emotional intelligence and interpersonal sensitivity. However, previous tests to measure individual differences in this ability have been criticized for focusing on a single modality (mostly the face), for neglecting the dynamic nature of emotional expressions, and for including only a small number of basic emotions. Therefore, during my thesis I developed and validated a new emotion recognition test. The Geneva Emotion Recognition Test (GERT; Schlegel et al., in press) offers an improvement over previous instruments by

a)      using dynamic and multimodal stimuli (short videos with sound),

b)      including a large number of positive and negative emotions, and

c)     applying advanced statistical models within the Item Response Theory (IRT) framework.

Currently, I am continuing the validation of the GERT in different languages (German, French, English, Dutch).

I am also working on the development of a test of emotional intelligence in the workplace within a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation under the direction of Dr. Marcello Mortillaro.

My other research interests include brain correlates of emotion recognition ability, impression formation, emotional competencies in dyadic interaction (negotiation), and nonverbal behaviors associated with high levels of emotion recognition ability.

I am also part of the Neuroscience of Emotion and Affective Dynamics (NEAD) lab directed by Prof. Didier Grandjean. 


Selected presentations and posters

Schlegel, K., & Mehu, M. (2013, August). The effects of smiling on negotiation outcomes differ between men and women. Poster presented at the Meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion in Berkeley, California.

Schlegel, K. (2013, July). Emotion recognition ability as a part of emotional intelligence. Presentation given at the 12th European Conference on Psychological Assessment, San Sebastian, Spain.

Schlegel, K., Shuman, V., & Scherer, K.R. (2013, July). The GRID meets the Geneva Emotion Wheel. Presentation given at the 12th European Conference on Psychological Assessment, San Sebastian, Spain.

Schlegel, K., Grandjean, D., & Scherer, K.R. (2013, January). The role of emotional skills in negotiation performance. Poster presented at the 14th meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans.

Schlegel, K., Grandjean, D., & Scherer, K. (2012, July). Measuring interpersonal sensitivity: Introducing the Geneva Emotion Recognition Test. Poster presented at the 8th Conference of the International Test Commission, Amsterdam.

Schlegel, K. (2011, August). The measurement of emotion recognition ability. Presentation given at the International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS), Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland.

Schlegel, K., & Scherer, K.R. (2010, August). The REGUL-I: A situation-focused approach to measuring emotion regulation. Presentation given at the International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS), Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland.

Quand les robots pleureront aussi - interview on emotional intelligence and affective computing in Le Temps, December 30, 2011.

Selected Publications
Schlegel, K., Grandjean, D., Klaus R. Scherer (2013) Constructs of social and emotional effectiveness: Different labels, same content?. Journal of Research in Personality 47(4), 249-253.
Schlegel, K., Grandjean, D., Scherer, K. R. (In Press) Introducing the Geneva Emotion Recognition Test: An example of Rasch-based test development.. Psychological Assessment , .
Schlegel, K., Wallbott, H.G. † (2013) Ausdruck und Eindruck. Management-Diagnostik Hogrefe , .
Sacharin, V., Schlegel, K., Scherer, K. R. (2012) Geneva Emotion Wheel Rating Study. unpublished 13.
Schlegel, K., Grandjean, D., Scherer, K. R. (2012) Emotion recognition: Unidimensional ability or a set of modality-and emotion-specific skills?. Personality and Individual Differences Elsevier 53, 16-21.