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      The Three Models of Emotional Intelligence and Performance in a Hot and Cool go/no-go Task in Undergraduate Students

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          Emotional intelligence (EI), or the ability to perceive, use, understand and regulate emotions, appears to be helpful in the performance of “hot” (i.e., emotionally laden) cognitive tasks when using performance-based ability models, but not when using self-report EI models. The aim of this study is to analyze the relationship between EI (as measured through a performance-based ability test, a self-report mixed test and a self-report ability test) and cognitive control ability during the performance of hot and “cool” (i.e., non-emotionally laden) “go/no-go” tasks. An experimental design was used for this study in which 187 undergraduate students (25% men) with a mean age of 21.93 years (standard deviation [SD] = 3.8) completed the three EI tests of interest (Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test [MSCEIT], Trait Meta-Mood Scale [TMMS] and Emotional Quotient Inventory–Short Form [EQi:S]) as well as go/no-go tasks using faces and geometric figures as stimuli. The results provide evidence for negative associations between the “managing” branch of EI measured through the performance-based ability test of EI and the cognitive control index of the hot go/no-go task, although similar evidence was not found when using the cool task. Further, the present study failed to observe consistent results when using the self-report EI instruments. These findings are discussed in terms of both the validity and implications of the various EI models.

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                Front Behav Neurosci
                Front Behav Neurosci
                Front. Behav. Neurosci.
                Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                22 February 2017
                : 11
                1Department of Basic Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Málaga Málaga, Spain
                2Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of Granada Granada, Spain
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                Edited by: Nuno Sousa, ICVS and University of Minho, Portugal

                Reviewed by: Giampaolo Robert Perna, University of Miami, USA; Luísa Faria, University of Porto, Portugal

                *Correspondence: Pablo Fernández-Berrocal berrocal@
                Copyright © 2017 Gutiérrez-Cobo, Cabello and Fernández-Berrocal.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution and reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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                Figures: 9, Tables: 2, Equations: 9, References: 66, Pages: 13, Words: 10701
                Funded by: Agencia de Innovación y Desarrollo de Andalucía 10.13039/501100006461
                Funded by: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad 10.13039/501100003329
                Award ID: PSI2012-37490
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                cool tasks, hot tasks, go/no-go tasks, cognitive control, emotional intelligence


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