The Smartest Innercity idea won by Leiden and Évora!

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The project on leisure time at the playground won the public prize for Smartest Innercity. The project is a collaboration between the team in at Leiden University (psychology and computer science), and the University of Évora in Portugal. Congratulations Carolien, Guida, Joost, Arno, and Ricardo!

To know more about the Award and the project, please see the news article posted by the university here (in Dutch) or here (in English).


Two new PhD projects on children with hearing impairments

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Tirza and Yung-Ting both started their PhD projects first of September in our lab. And both new PhD projects are focused on children with hearing impairments, albeit in different parts of the world.

To read the interview, please click here.




Grant for Virtual Reality game

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In collaboration with Shosho, a film and game studio in Amsterdam, Carolien and Karin (Dutch Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child) received a grant from the Foundation for the Handicapped Child and the Revalidation Foundation to develop a Virtual Reality game for emotion regulation.The aim of this game will be to train young children with problems in their emotion regulationthrough solving puzzles with a virtual friend. The game will be suitable for children of different clinical groups, such as children with hearing loss or language impairments.


Who are we?

Left to right: Naqi Dahamat Azam, Tirza van der Straaten, Neeltje van den Bedem, Thijs Jansen, Anouk Netten, Wendy van Vlerken, Carolien Rieffe, Mariska Kret (Cognitive Psychology), Marieke Bos, Rosemarij van Veen, Yung-Ting Tsou, Evelien Broekhof, Boya Li
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Our team is located at the department of Developmental Psychology of Leiden University in the Netherlands. We work in close collaboration with the Dutch Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child (NSDSK), the ENT department of the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), and the Centre for Autism.Our group is dedicated to examining the emotional development of children and adolescents of all walks of life. We have a strong focus on the functionality of emotions, and its impact on children's social development. Besides typically developing children and adolescents, we are interested in the development of those with hearing impairments, with autism spectrum disorders, or with specific language impairments.

On this site we regularly post news items about new publications, events, and so on. You can also read more about our ongoing projects, read about and download questionnaires we have developed, see an overview of our publications per topic, or read about opportunities for students to join our team.






Focus on Emotions alumnus becomes a member of Oxford University


On 15 October 2016, Mindaugas Jurgelis, a Focus on Emotions lab alumnus, officially became a member of the University of Oxford (United Kingdom). Mindaugas will be pursuing a master's degree in Psychological Research program. His research project will investigate mental fatigue in Parkinson's patients.

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Radio Interview on the Smartest Innercity prize

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On 12 October 2016, Carolien had a live radio interview with Science 071 at Leiden’s local station, Sleutelstad. She talked about the project on leisure time at the playground, which won the public prize for the Smartest Innercity. You can now listen to the 10-minute interview here!

Thank you Anouk and Rosemarij

Goodbye Anouk Rosemarij

At the end of September 2016, sincere words of thanks and love were said to Anouk and Rosemarij, who left our Focus on Emotions lab.

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