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.


Vote for us: the “Slimste Project” of the Netherlands in 2016

Our “Social Play Project” is a candidate for the “Slimste Project” (smartest project) in the Netherlands 2016!

Despite the nowadays increasing focus on academic achievement in children, the findings of this research empslimste projecthasize the importance of free play in developing children’s social competence. In this project, an innovative method was developed to study children’s play behaviours in free settings by using a new sensor technique. The project was collaborated by developmental psychologists Carolien Rieffe (Leiden University) and Guida Veiga (University of Évora, Portugal) with computer scientists Joost Kok, Arno Knobbe and Ricardo Cachucho (Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science). For detailed information on the “Social Play Project”, please see our news archive or click here.

Now you can vote for us and help us win the “Slimste Project” of the Netherlands in 2016: please click here.


Carolien's pitch 2nd in contest for HoloLens

On the 20th of July, Carolien participated in the Ordina HoloLens Contest together with Joost Kok (LIACS). 


Carolien’s idea was to explore the possibilities of using the HoloLens as a tool for emotional development. Most children develop emotional intelligence by practicing social situations (arguing, winning and losing, negotiating) with others. However, children with autism, hearing impairments, or language impairments are often faced with social isolation, which limits their possibilities for peer interactions, especially in groups, and in turn, develop emotional intelligence. Augmented Reality may offer new opportunities for these children: by using a HoloLens, a virtual friend can be created with whom they can practice social situations over and over again. Participants could pitch their ideas for practical applications of the HoloLens - a pair of Augmented Reality glasses developed by Microsoft. 

The audience of the contest was enthusiastic about Carolien’s pitch: they granted it a 2nd place, right behind Amsterdam Medical Center (AMC), which will be using the HoloLens for cancer research. 




Who are we?

Left to right: Lizet, Boya, Carolien, Naqi, Wendy, Anouk, Marieke de Bruine, Evelien Broekhof, Neeltje, Evelien Dirks (NSDSK), Marieke Bos
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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.






“Attachment, Emotions, and Autism” conference held by RINO

autism congress 160930On September 30th Carolien will give a lecture at a conference on autism. She will talk about the role of understanding the own and others’ emotions in adolescents with autism. The conference is organized by RINO Groep and is intended for professionals working with ASD children. Registration is still possible here!

Deafies in Drag

The article on Leiden Arts in Society Blog introduces the deaf drag queen duo “Deafies in Drag” and how they address the problems faced by deaf people in their comedy vlog. Specifically, they have a focus on expressing different minoritizing identifications and seeking better LGBT acceptance within the deaf community.

World Deaf Day 2016

On Saturday 24th of September, we will celebrate World Deaf Day, when the deaf community and sign language get special attention. The Netherlands and Belgium celebrate this Day together and hold events in different cities each year. This year, activities about deafness will be held in Ghent, Belgium, on the 24th of September.

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