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1. What are the various uses for the eLEAS?

The LEAS measures a person’s ability to be aware of and describe their own emotional experiences. The LEAS is considered a trait measure that holds true for that person in a wide variety of contexts. The extent to which LEAS scores change as a function of temporary states has not yet been systematically evaluated.

People who are more emotionally aware report a greater range and differentiation of feelings and thus have the capacity to be better at emotional self-regulation. People who are more emotionally aware are better able to accurately perceive the emotions of others, are more empathic and have more satisfying interpersonal relationships. Thus, greater emotional awareness is associated with the ability to use information about the emotional state of self and others in the service of more adaptive social behavior and decision-making.

In business contexts, the skills tapped by the LEAS contribute to greater leadership ability. Greater emotional awareness is associated with less impulsivity and a greater ability to use emotional information and less tendency to be controlled by emotion decision-making contexts. Greater emotional awareness should be associated with better “people skills” in service-related contexts.

In artistic and athletic performance contexts greater emotional awareness is expected to be associated with better goal-directed performance because it is associated with less bodily expression of undifferentiated emotional arousal.

For clinical researchers, greater emotional awareness at baseline is associated with less risk for substance abuse and a better response to psychotherapy. In cross-sectional studies the LEAS is associated with better physical health. Higher scores on the LEAS in a given person may indicate greater potential for these and other outcomes.

2. How do I use the eLEAS?

The eLEAS works by purchasing eLEAS User IDs, individually or in bulk. Tests can then be assigned to each eLEAS User ID. Instructions for taking the eLEAS can be automatically generated and sent to subjects via email. Test completion can be tracked online and test scores viewed and downloaded in both report and spreadsheet format.

To create an eLEAS account and begin purchasing eLEAS User IDs, simply Sign Up.

3. How will I receive my eLEAS data and in what format?

Your data will be available for download anytime from your eLEAS dashboard. Scores will be available in both spreadsheet form and in a user-friendly score report, which includes subjects’ responses. Sign Up to create a user account.

4. Where is my list of user IDs and how is it created?

When you purchase eLEAS user IDs for test taking, a list of random, unique, 6-character alpha-numeric user IDs is generated. Your user ID list is always available on your eLEAS dashboard. Log into your account to view it on the View Subjects tab.

5. May I use a user ID more than once?

Yes, you may use a user ID more than once. For example, your study may include test/retest measures. eLEAS data is always time-stamped, so you can easily tell which data corresponds to which timepoint in your study.

6. Does the eLEAS store any identifiable information?

No, the eLEAS does not collect or store any identifiable information. Only basic demographic questions are asked (age, gender, SES).

7. If I, or a client of mine, take the eLEAS, what will happen with the data?

If someone has instructed you to take the eLEAS, he or she will receive digital files which contain your responses and their scores.

If you have instructed a client, patient, or study subject to take the eLEAS, you will be able to access that person’s responses and scores both in spreadsheet form and in a user-friendly score report.

All data collected by the eLEAS will be securely stored in a database, available to its creator, Dr. Richard Lane. These data will be used to improve scoring techniques and to generate normative scores based upon age, gender, and socioeconomic status. Nothing is either collected or stored that can link an individual with his or her responses.

8. How long does it take to complete the eLEAS?

Everyone works at a different pace, but on average it takes about 15 minutes to complete the 10-item eLEAS and about 30 minutes to complete the 20-item eLEAS.

9. What is the difference between the LEAS, the LEAS-A, and the LEAS-B?

The original Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS) consisted of twenty scenarios or items. The LEAS-A and LEAS-B, which each consist of 10 items and are non-overlapping, were created by dividing the original 20 items equally between the two. Although the 20-item version has the highest reliability, the two shorter versions have good reliability and can be used instead of the 20-item version. LEAS-A and LEAS-B are equally good for use on a single occasion. The two shorter versions are especially useful in cases in which a subject will be tested more than once, for example, before and after an intervention.

10. Is computer administration and scoring (eLEAS) the same as hand administration and scoring?

Automated scoring of the LEAS, though not identical to traditional hand-scoring, has been shown to correlate highly with hand-scoring. Read more about it here.

11. I want to administer and score the LEAS by hand. How do I do that?

You can obtain the “paper and pencil” LEAS, for hand administration, and the LEAS Scoring Manual, for hand-scoring, from this site. Simply Sign Up for an account and follow the link from your eLEAS home page.

12. Where can I learn more about the LEAS and how it has been used?

Three reference lists for the LEAS are available here. One contains references authored by Dr. Lane. The other two list articles and dissertations by other authors who have used the LEAS in their research.

13. What browser is best for using the eLEAS?

The eLEAS is best viewed using one of these browsers: Internet Explorer 9+, Mozilla Firefox 14+, and Google Chrome 22+. To learn what browser and version you are using, go to