EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND DECISION-MAKING OF FEMALE STUDENTS OF SOCIAL WORK IN THE IOWA GAMBLING TASK
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The aim of the research was to verify the correlation between emotional intelligence and decision-making in the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) conducted on a non-clinical sample. Our research is based on neuropsychological results that show the functional link between the cortex areas processing emotions and managing decision-making. The somatic marker hypothesis describes a decisional process through marker arising during bioregulation. The bioregulative processes have the form of emotions and feelings, whereas it is assumed that the somatic marker hypothesis overlaps with emotional intelligence. The research sample of 174 female students was administered the electronic form of the Iowa Gambling Task and the Emotional Intelligence Test (EQTM). A positive relation was found between emotion awareness and the number of advantageous card choices in the IGT. At the same time a negative relation was found between the present situation as an EQTM zone and the number of advantageous choices in the IGT. The results interpretation follows the use of emotions as information in the decision-making process in complex situations and uncertainty.
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