Conducting, supporting, and disseminating EQ research

Six Seconds’ approach to emotional intelligence and the process of social emotional learning is grounded in practitioner research.  Here are three resources to learn more about the research and science in our work:


Action ResearchSix Seconds is committed to supporting research in social emotional learning

We do this by:

1)  Providing consultation to EQ and SEL researchers, including doctoral and masters students, university faculty, and action researchers in schools throughout the world, who are interested in the Six Seconds model and assessment measures.

2)  Providing an opportunity and a space for researchers and practitioners to share their work, inspiring and connecting with others.

  • Webinars
  • Articles and Blog Posts
  • Peer to Peer conferences

3) Providing subsidies for researchers who wish to use Six Seconds’ approach and tools through our Grants program.


Recent articles in our Research archive…

New Research: Growing an Emotionally Intelligent School Community (4/17/2018) by Dr. Susan Stillman - What does research show about using assessments to guide effective implementation of social emotional learning? Here are highlights from a new journal article.
Best of Q1: Practice (4/4/2018) by Patty Freedman - How does emotional intelligence support people to practice something new? Here's a summary of the key findings from our study this quarter.
Best Practices to Get Stated on Emotional Intelligence Training for Business Emotional Intelligence Training for Business: 15 Tips from Research on Best Practice (3/18/2018) by Joshua Freedman - How do you use emotional intelligence training for business? Three key ingredients + 15 tips, based on interviews with dozens of business leaders.
New Research on Coaching with EQ: Finding Insight, Connection, and Purpose (1/4/2018) by Paul Stillman - A new journal article articulates the role of emotional intelligence in coaching. The link is powerful.
Unlocking Your Potential – 3 EQ Skills to Increase Wellbeing (10/23/2017) by Michael Miller - Interested in unlocking your potential? Recent research says there are the 3 skills you need to master.
The Neuroscience of Trust: From the Brain to the Boardroom (8/17/2017) by Michael Miller - Understanding the neuroscience of trust can help you develop healthy, trusting relationships at home and at work. Here's how it works.
Learning About Learning & the Brain – Interview with Neuroscientist Mary-Helen Immordino-Yang (8/3/2017) by Joshua Freedman - At a neurological level, how does the brain actually learn, and what's the role of emotion? What's the implication for education and training?
How Vital is Your Organization? Key Findings & Report on the 2017 Vitality Survey (7/23/2017) by Paul Stillman - Q: How are people feeling at work... and does it matter? A: Frustrated, and yes! Get the free report with results of the global study on emotions in the workplace.
Adventure + EQ = Learning for Youth (updated for 2017) (6/4/2017) by Rachel Goodman - Can adventure programs use EQ to transform the lives of struggling youth? Many outdoor education or wilderness therapy programs claim to bring about lasting change, but what metrics are they using to evaluate it?  In South Africa, a wilderness gap year program uses Six Seconds' SEI assessment to measure improvements in emotional intelligence, with some real results. One key is ...
Emotional WHAT? Definitions and History of EQ (2017 update) (5/28/2017) by Joshua Freedman - From interviews the originators of the science of emotional intelligence including Salovey, Goleman, Bar-On, here's a simple and lively history of this breakthrough science.