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Using a sociological lens, specifically the dramaturgical approach (Goffman, 1959, Hochschild, 1983, Bolton, 2003) this research positions a spotlight on the judicial script within the criminal trial process in England & Wales, investigating claims that the official role of judges in their decision making is one of dispassion, objectivity and neutrality.

A counter claim is made that this is a myth and one which is scrutinised through a triangulation of methods; observations, interviews and media quotes. Findings expose alternative scripts which are already operationalised in contrast to official claims of judicial neutrality placing emotions at the heart of justice and endorsing the view that without emotion there is no justice (Solomon, 1995).

A critical comparative analysis of current emotional intelligence models: towards a generic model and related assessment methodology

This critical comparative study set out to examine existing research in the Emotional Intelligrnce (EI) field, drawing on research from psychology, sociology, medicine, industry, education, and neuroscience, in particular, to explore whether empirical research can point towards a new, generic, model that can serve all these sectors and more. To be successful it will also need a related assessment methodology that can withstand the major arguments within the extant research.

The primary questions central to the research are:

  1. Can a generic framework of abilities be developed that can be widely accepted as a reliable measure of emotional intelligence (EQ) in the same way that general intelligence is measured (IQ)?
  2. To what extent can a single assessment methodology reliably assess adults against such a model?


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