On 20 April, the ending ceremony of the Lapp-Top program was held in Pieterskerk. The high-school students were divided into groups and gave very impressive presentations on what they learned from the course. Boya, as the coordinator of the course, was there with the students. We are happy to see that the course was thought-provoking and that they showed the concerns for social-emotional development.
Congratulations, Dr. Anouk!
On 12 April, Anouk Netten successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “The Link Between Hearing Loss, Language, and Social Functioning in Childhood,” which was supervised by Prof. dr. ir. Johan Frijns, Prof. Dr. Carolien Rieffe, and Dr. ir. Wim Soede. Her project focused on the effects of early intervention of hearing loss on the social-emotional development of children in the Netherlands and Belgium. Her thesis shows that in order to stimulate the social-emotional development of deaf and hard-of-hearing children, their opportunities for incidental learning have to be increased. For more information about Anouk's thesis, please click here. For a list of publications of Anouk, please click here.
Presentations in Rotterdam and Vienna
Focus on Emotions lab has been busy these days! Sharing and discussing findings and insights to a broader audience of academics and professionals is important for research. On 24 March 2017, Boya, Anne, Danique, and Tamara presented their studies on autism at National Autism Congress in Rotterdam. Boya and Tamara shared their findings on the development of internalizing and externalizing behaviors in autistic boys, while Anne and Danique talked about empathy in autistic girls.
Meanwhile, Carolien and Sheida were in Vienna, Austria, for the biennial International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS). Carolien presented new behavioral data on adolescents with communicative impairments in two symposiums. Sheida talked about cultural differences in understanding one’s own and others people’s emotions. The talks were well received and generated lively discussions.
Who are we?
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.