Katja Schlegel

Lecturer / Post-doctoral Researcher


Institution : University of Bern, University of Geneva
Department : Psychology (personality and assessment)
Research field : emotion, personality, assessment
Discipline : psychology

NCCR position : doctoral student, postdoc
NCCR PI : Klaus Scherer, David Sander


from 02/2017 Lecturer in personality psychology and psychological assessment, University of Bern (Thomas Rammsayer);
02/2017 to 08/2017 Postdoctoral researcher, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (David Sander)
12/2014 to 12/2016 Postdoctoral researcher, Social Interaction Laboratory, Northeastern University, Boston MA (Judith A. Hall)
06/2013 to 11/2014

Postdoctoral researcher, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (Marcello Mortillaro, Klaus Scherer)

10/2009 to 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 (Master) in Psychology (Humboldt University, Berlin)


I study individual differences in people’s ability to perceive and use emotional information effectively, also known as “emotional competence” or “emotional intelligence”. Over the past years, I have developed several performance-based tests that measure different components of emotional competence.

During my research stay at Prof. Judith Hall's Social Interaction Laboratory at Northeastern University (Boston), I also developed a short computer-based training to improve people's ability to accurately recognize emotions in others from their nonverbal behavior.

You can find detailed information on emotional competence research at the CISA, including my own research, on this page.


These are some of my current research interests:

  • emotional competencies in applied settings across various professions
  • training emotion recognition and other emotional competencies
  • relationship between emotion recognition and other cognitive abilities such as psychometric intelligence
  • negotiation and emotions
  • interpersonal accuracy


>> Geneva Emotion Recognition Test (GERT)

This test measures emotion recognition ability using video clips in which actors portray 14 different emotions. It is available for research purposes in various languages.

>> Geneva Emotional Competence Test (GECO)

This test consists of four subtests that measure emotion recognition, emotion understanding, emotion regulation in oneself, and emotion management in others in a work context. Like the GERT, the GECO is a performance-based measure, not a self-report questionnaire. 

>> Geneva Emotion Knowledge Test (GEMOK)

This test measures emotion understanding and knowledge about emotions with two performance-based tests.




Selected recent presentations

Schlegel, K. (2018, July). New approaches to measuring ability EI. Paper presented at the 19th European Conference on Personality; Zadar, Croatia.

Schlegel, K. (2017, July). Effectiveness of a new training for multimodal emotion recognition ability. Paper presented at the Meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion; St. Louis, MO.

Schlegel, K. (2017, March). Sense or sensibility: Is cognitive or emotional intelligence more important for successful negotiation? Paper presented at the 2nd International Convention of Psychological Science, Vienna, Austria.

Schlegel, K., & Hall, J. A. (2017, January). Emotional attunement in the observation of social situations. Paper presented at the Nonverbal Preconference of the 18th Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Schlegel, K. (2016, May). Training emotion recognition ability : Effects on individuals’ skills and interpersonal interaction. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Schlegel, K. & Scherer, K. R. (2016, February). New tests to measure emotional understanding. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.


Scientific outreach

Interview on emotional intelligence, "The Agenda with Steve Paikin", TV Ontario, June 2016.
Quand les robots pleureront aussi - interview on emotional intelligence and affective computing in Le Temps, December 30, 2011.


Selected Publications

Schlegel, K., & Mortillaro, M. (in press). Measuring emotional intelligence in the workplace: Development of a new battery of ability-based tests. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Wang, Y., Hawk, S. T., Tang, Y., Schlegel, K., & Zou, H. (2018). Characteristics of emotion recognition ability among primary school children: Relationships with peer status and friendship quality. Child Indicators Research, online first publication.

Schlegel, K., Mehu, M., van Peer, J. M., & Scherer, K. R. (2018). Sense and sensibility: The role of cognitive and emotional intelligence in negotiation. Journal of Research in Personality, 74, 6-15.

Schlegel, K., & Scherer, K. R. (2017). The nomological network of emotion knowledge and emotion understanding in adults: evidence from two new performance-based tests. Cognition and Emotion, 1–17 (advance online publication).

Schlegel, K., Witmer, J. S., & Rammsayer, T. H. (2017). Intelligence and sensory sensitivity as predictors of emotion recognition ability. Journal of Intelligence, 5, 1-13.

Schlegel, K., Vicaria, I. M., Isaacowitz, D. M., & Hall, J. A. (2017). Effectiveness of a short audiovisual emotion recognition training program in adults. Motivation and Emotion, 41, 646–660.

Frühholz, S., Schlegel, K.*, & Grandjean, D. (2017). Amygdala structure and core dimensions of the affective personality. Brain Structure and Function, 1-11 (online first publication).                                                                            *shared first authorship

Schlegel, K., Fontaine, J. R. J., & Scherer, K. R. (2017). The nomological network of emotion recognition ability: Evidence from the Geneva Emotion Recognition Test. European Journal of Psychological Assessment.

Schlegel, K., Boone, R. T., & Hall, J. A. (2017). Individual differences in interpersonal accuracy: Using meta-analysis to assess whether judging other people is one skill or many. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior.

Schlegel, K. & Scherer, K. R. (2017). Interpersonale Kommunikation. In D. Frey & H.-W. Bierhoff (Eds.), Enzyklopädie der Psychologie, Band Sozialpsychologie.

Schlegel, K. (2016). Commentary: Looking beyond the ability EI model facilitates the development of new performance-based tests. Emotion Review, 8(4), 1-2.

Goh, J. X., Schlegel, K., Tignor, S. M., & Hall, J. A. (2016). Who is interested in personality? The Interest in Personality Scale and its correlates. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 185–191.

Boone, R. T. & Schlegel, K. (2016). Is there a general skill in perceiving others accurately? In J. A. Hall, M. Schmid Mast, & T. V. West (Eds.), The Social Psychology of Perceiving Others Accurately (pp. 379-403). Cambridge University Press.

Schlegel, K. & Scherer, K. R. (2015). Introducing a short version of the Geneva Emotion Recognition Test (GERT-S): Psychometric properties and construct validation. Behavior Research Methods. Online first publication.

Schlegel, K., Grandjean, D., & Scherer, K. R. (2014). Introducing the Geneva Emotion Recognition Test: An example of Rasch-based test development. Psychological Assessment, 26 (2), 666–672.

Schlegel, K., Grandjean, D., & Scherer K. R. (2013). Constructs of social and emotional effectiveness: Different labels, same content? Journal of Research in Personality, 47(4), 249-253.

Schlegel, K. & Wallbott, H. G. (2013). Ausdruck und Eindruck. In W. Sarges (Ed.), Management-Diagnostik (pp. 355-362). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

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, 53 (1), 16-21.