Ph.D. candidate, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences.
Supervisors: Prof. Klaus R. Scherer & Prof. Didier Grandjean
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
|10/2003 - 07/2009||Diploma studies in Psychology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany|
In my PhD research, I am studying 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. 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. During my thesis, I have been developing a new emotion recognition test. The Geneva Emotion Recognition Test (GERT; Schlegel et al., under review) offers an improvement over previous instruments by
a) using dynamic and multimodal stimuli (short videos with sound) from the Geneva Multimodal Emotion Portrayals corpus (GEMEP),
b) including a large number of positive and negative emotions, and
c) applying advanced statistical models within the Item Response Theory (IRT) framework.
For an investigation of the dimensional structure of the GERT, see Schlegel et al. (2012). Currently, I am investigating the concurrent, discriminant, and predictive validity of the GERT in a study involving a real-life interaction (negotiation task) between two participants. In this study, I am also investigating the verbal and nonverbal behavior associated with high levels of emotion recognition ability.
I am also part of the Neuroscience of Emotion and Affective Dynamics (NEAD) lab.
Selected presentations and posters
Quand les robots pleureront aussi - interview on emotional intelligence and affective computing in Le Temps, December 30, 2011.
Schlegel, K., Mehu, M., & Scherer, K.R. (2013, January). Successful negotiators: Can they be distinguished by their behavior? The case of smiles. Presentation given at the Nonverbal Preconference of the 14th meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans.
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.