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Clinical Science Brown Bag Series

Tuesday, April 10, 2018,

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  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 316

Marcus Wild

Department of Psychology

Vanderbilt University


“Social-Emotional Expertise (SEE): Assessing Individual Differences in Social Ability”


Social-Emotional Expertise (SEE) is a construct which encompasses the individual differences in the timing and quality of behaviors in social interactions that affect the quality of that interaction. Prior work in our laboratory has shown that SEE can be reliably measured via self-report and is relatively stable over time. SEE has also been shown to be distinct from related measures of aspects of social ability, such as emotional and social intelligence, empathy, and interpersonal sensitivity. The next step is to explore the validity of the construct through measures other than self-report, such as behavior rating scales and psychophysiology. Further, we have proposed that the individual differences in social ability may function similar to an expertise, in which repeated experience over time leads to more accurate and automatic responses. Exploration of the cognitive mechanisms involved in social ability will allow for a more thorough understanding of this premise. I will discuss results from experiments that explore the construct validity of SEE by investigating the perception of SEE by third-party observers of interactions, and then discuss ongoing experiments involving the cognitive components and psychophysiological correlates of SEE. Implications of this work in patient-provider interactions will also be discussed.