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Tamera Schneider, Ph.D. (Advisor); Gary Burns, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Ken Griffin, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


Collaboration, cohesion, and trust within teams can lead to beneficial outcomes such as innovation, speed of innovation delivery, enhanced creativity, and improved performance. Because of the prevalence of teams in the workforce, it is important that teams function at their highest capacity. One way to enhance team functioning may be to improve emotional intelligence (EI) in team members. Research has shown that higher EI is related to individual benefits such as stress resilience, better communication, relationship satisfaction, and improved performance. Team benefits of higher EI include greater cohesion, cooperation, trust, and performance. This study examined whether an emotional competency training could enhance EI abilities in adults, and whether the trained EI abilities related to higher team collaboration, trust, and performance. Undergraduates (N = 135) participated in teams of three that were randomly assigned to an EI training or control condition. Results indicated that the training did not significantly increase EI abilities, team collaboration, or trust. The training was related to better performance on one of two team tasks. It may be that simply spending time together as a team enhanced performance.

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Department of Psychology

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