Collaboration with Peking University on Autism

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In the summer of 2016, Focus on Emotions lab (Boya and Carolien), in cooperation with Sophie van Rijn (the Institute of Child and Education Studies at Leiden University), started their project with Professor Li Yi from Developmental and Pedagogical Psychology at Peking University on emotion understanding in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Netherlands and China. This two-year joint research project is funded by The KNAW NWO China Committee, under a large-scaled China Exchange Program sponsored by the Dutch ministry of OCW (Education, Culture and Science). Students are currently performing pilot testing to finalize the design, so the actual testing can begin in 2017.

Dr. Ingrid d'Hooghe, the China advisor and coordinator of Leiden University, visited Professor Yi at Peking University in November. Both parties are excited about this international collaboration, which will not only strengthen the cooperation between the two universities but more importantly broaden and deepen our knowledge in the field of ASD research.

To know more about this project, you can read the news article posted by Leiden University here (English version) or here (Dutch version).


Debate on virtual reality and empathy on Nov 23

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On November 23rd, Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam organises a debate about the impact that Virtual Reality and/or Augmented Reality can have on creating awareness and evoking empathy for other life circumstances, backgrounds, or cultures. Carolien will be one of the speakers. More information about the event can be found here!



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).



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.






Discussion on DHH children at NSDSK

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On November 28, our lab members who are currently working on deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) children (Carolien, Boya, Evelien, Brenda, Tirza, and Yung-Ting) had a meeting with NSDSK in Amsterdam. The two parties shared the projects they are doing and planning to do, and had a lively discussion on issues related to DHH children. 

Royal Kentalis Knowledge Day

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On November 25, Royal Kentalis organised their annual “knowledge day” for professionals working with children with a hearing loss, in their organization and collaborative organizations. While Carolien addressed adolescent’s friendship quality in a key note session in the morning, Evelien organized two master classes on the development of moral emotions and its impact on DHH adolescents’ social behaviors. Both classes were well-received and evoked the necessary discussions.

VNOP-ISED-CAS Research Days

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On November 10 and 11, our lab members took part in this year's VNOP-ISED-CAS Research Days, which was held in Leiden. Neeltje gave a talk on victimization, bullying, and emotional functioning in children and adolescents with Language Impairments, and Naqi presented a poster about the results of his project on bullying and victimization in Malaysian young adolescents. Brenda and Yung-Ting also presented a poster on their projects, which are about hearing-impaired children in Portugal and Taiwan, respectively.

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