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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728


MARTINEZ-SANCHEZ, Francisco; G. FERNANDEZ-ABASCAL, Enrique  and  MARTINEZ-MODIA, Juan C.. The Spanish version of the short multichannel version of the Profile of Nonverbal Sensitivity (MiniPONS). Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.29, n.2, pp.604-613. ISSN 1695-2294.

The Spanish version of the MiniPONS (Banziger, Scherer, Hall y Rosenthal, 2011), the short version multichannel of the Profile of Nonverbal Sensitivity (PONS), is presented. This scale was designed to measure individual differences in the ability to recognize emotions, interpersonal attitudes, and communicative intentions in nonverbal channels. This short multichannel version is composed of 64 items nonverbal audio and/or visual scenes portrayed by a female in black and white color. The main aim of this study was to analyze the psychometric properties of MiniPONS using a large sample of university students (N = 1154) aged 18-60, this study also examined gender and age differences in nonverbal sensitivity. Normative data, reliability and validity were examined in three studies with 168, 254, and 1154 university students. The Spanish version of the MiniPONS has psychometric properties similar to those of the original version, the MiniPONS had moderate internal consistency and test-retest reliability, and shows reasonable convergent validity through significant correlations with other tests of non-verbal emotion recognition ability. Results revealed an advantage of women in all the conditions of stimulus presentation; women not only process more efficiently unisensory nonverbal information (face, body and voice) but may also be better at integrating emotional expressions. We conclude that the MiniPONS Spanish version is an adequate instrument to be used in measure of socio-nonverbal sensitivity. Limitations and potential applications for research are described.

Keywords : Nonverbal sensitivity; emotional recognition; facial expression; emotional prosody; assessment; alexithymia; emotional intelligence.

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