Keywords: emotional intelligence, neural correlates, EEG, behavior genetics, brain, neurotransmitters


The article is an overview of modern studies of brain organization and genetic correlates of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is becoming the subject of more and more attentive study of psychologists due to the fact that it influences the mental development of humans, plays an important role in many professions, and its impairment is a marker of some disorders. Nevertheless, the brain organization and genetic correlates of emotional intelligence have not been studied enough – first studies appeared only in the early 2000s. A review of the literature on the enceph-alographic showed that in rest, people with higher emotional intelligence show greater excitation of the left anterior regions of the brain. When per-ceiving affective stimuli, participants with high emotional intelligence show stronger synchronization of some EEG rhythms. Brain mapping technique made it possible to identify the areas of the brain involved in activities related to emotional intelligence. In regard to genetic correlates of emotional intelligence, some genes of neurotransmitter systems have been associated to this trait: the catechol-O-methyltransferase gene COMT, the dopamine DRD2 receptor gene, the serotonin receptor gene HTR2A, and the BDNF brain neurotrophic factor gene.


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How to Cite
V. Kosonogov, V., Vorobyeva, E., Kovsh, E., & N. Ermakov, P. (2019). A REVIEW OF NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL AND GENETIC CORRELATES OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE. International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering and Education (IJCRSEE), 7(1), 137-142. https://doi.org/10.5937/ijcrsee1901137K