A. The Emotion Communication Lab


            The Affect Communication Procedure 

The ACP was designed for assessing affective and content aspects of emotional communication in couple interaction
            The ACP consists of three parts: 1) An emotion recollection interview intended to assess the communication of positive and negative emotions  individually. This is achieved by eliciting positive and negative emotions and video-recording the interviewees' facial expressions. 2) The second part involves editing the video-recorded facial expressions onto another tape and in mixed order. The non verbal behavior of the interviewee is separated from utterances during the interaction by switching off the sound channel. 3) The third part involves partners' viewing the edited affective episodes and judging the affect valence of the encoder (whether and to what degree s/he felt positive or negative) and the emotion s/he was narrating.
In this way the following aims are achieved:  i) The interactional element of emotion and its communication is stressed as encoding of emotion happens in an interaction between the researcher and the participant. ii) Positive and negative affect are generated from cognitive components. In the ACP participants are asked to recall and describe to the interviewer positive and negative memories based on their own life events. iii) In the decoding part, participants are asked to assess their partners' facial expressions in terms of affective and cognitive elements of the emotions. Results from a study of attachment and emotional communication (Kafetsios 1994) have shown that the technique discriminates between affective and cognitive components of attachment working models.

Kafetsios, K. (1996). Conceptualizing and Assessing Emotional Communication in Close Relationships: The Affect Communication Procedure.

Cambridge: Author.

Kafetsios, K. & Campbell, K. (2009). Measuring non-verbal communication of emotion in personal relationships: The Affect Communication

Accuracy Procedure, Scientific Annals of the Psychology Society of Northern Greece, 7, 1-30. [in Greek].


   Here you can find video examples of the affect communication (Files 10MB each):  video1  video2  video3 video4



Adult attachment

           Experience in Close Relationships-R - Greek Version

           Experiences in Close Relationships  (Fraley, Brennan & Shaver, 2000) - Greek Version  

Tsagarakis, M., Kafetsios, K., & Stalikas, A. (2007). Factor structure, validity, and reliability of the Greek version of the Revised Experiences in

                Close Relationships (ECR-R) measure of adult attachment. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 23, 1, 47-55.

MSCEIT Mayer-Salovey & Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test - Greek Version
Copyright MHS 

Version 2.0 of the MSCEIT (141 items Mayer, Salovey, & Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test, 2002). The scale measures individuals’ performance on tasks and ability to solve emotional problems. The test provides a total emotional intelligence score as well as four subscale scores: perception, facilitation, understanding, and managing emotion. Each subscale comprises of scores in two sections described below in more detail. The four subscales can also be conceptually distinguished in terms of  Experiential (perception, facilitation) or Strategic (understanding, management) aspects.

Emotional and Interpersonal Skills at Work Test (Zammuner, V & Kafetsios, K.)

Kafetsios, K., Maridaki-Kasotaki, A., Zammuner, V.L., Zampetakis, L.A., & Vouzas, F. (2009). Emotional intelligence and Career Choice: The   

            contribution of EI abilities and traits. Journal of Career Assessment, 17, 4, 367-383.