Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence


Through the science and application of emotional intelligence, we are working to determine where and how training in emotional intelligence can make a difference in the lives of children and adults.

We conduct studies on the basic science of emotional intelligence, which in turn informs our social and emotional learning (SEL) program development. Our core inter-dependent functions are research and programming. Our flagship program is RULER, an evidence-based approach to SEL. Research on the impact of RULER informs educational practice and policy by demonstrating that emotional intelligence can change student outcomes and teacher effectiveness in school from pre-k through high school.

Past studies include the role of self-awareness in teacher decision-making, the benefits of self-regulation skills for creativity and adolescent coping, and the connections among school climate, teacher engagement, and student academic performance. In addition, we have done nation-wide surveys of how students and teacher feel in school compared to how they want to feel, information that continues to guide our new program development, and understanding of the benefits of both pleasant and unpleasant moods, mixed emotions, and complex feelings.

We are currently expanding to include studies of emotions in the workplace, the role of emotional intelligence in athletics and in college dorms, and the benefits of online, blended learning platforms for the teaching of emotional intelligence skills.

The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning

RULER is our evidence-based approach for integrating social and emotional learning into schools. RULER teaches the skills of emotional intelligence: recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotion.

Research Interest

To investigate how the development of emotional intelligence in individuals can work to create healthier, more equitable, productive, and compassionate communities.

Selected IRB Study Titles

  • Emotion Revolution: A Study of High School Students’ Perceptions of School Climate
  • RULER Leadership Certification Institute: Measuring Successful RULER Implementation
  • Teaching Emotion Skills and Creativity Skills Using Art

Contact Information

Marc Brackett
Email: marc.brackett@yale.edu