KNAW collaboration with Peking University

May 18, 2018

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Cross-culture collaboration is important if we want to better understand emotional development. On Monday 14 May, we were visited by our Chinese collaborators from Peking University, Dr. Li Yi and her PhD student Shuyuan Feng. A symposium was held to serve as a platform of academic exchange between our Chinese guests and Leiden researchers on the topic of autism and face/emotion processing. Click here to read more about the event.


Social participation in children with hearing loss

May 7, 2018

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On May 5th, Brenda presented some preliminary data on the Social Integration Project at the 65º Congress of the ENT Society in Portugal. The project is in collaboration with Dr. Guida Veiga (University of Evora) and medical doctors Luisa Monteiro and Herédio Sousa, and focuses on the social participation of young school children with hearing loss. Preliminary outcomes show lower understanding of social-emotional skills in children with hearing loss compared to their hearing peers.


World Autism Awareness Week 2018!

April 3, 2018


More and more young people with autism are coming forward to create a better awareness about the different sides of autism. Check this YouTube film by a teenage boy, explaining how he wants people to understand what autism is, but not to change or “cure” him. The film was put online in 2013, but still valid today. The first week of April is the world-wide Autism Week held every year to do exactly that: increase awareness about autism. In their most recent study, Marieke Bos and Carolien found that rumination plays an important role in the development of mental health issues in adolescents with autism. You can read more about their study here.



Who are we?

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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.






VNOP Conference 2018

May 17, 2018

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The bi-annual VNOP conference took place in Wageningen this year on 15 and 16 May. Neeltje, Yung-Ting and Sheida were there to present their studies. During the flash talk session, they respectively talked about their most recent findings on social-emotional development in children/adolescents with developmental language disorder, hearing loss, and bicultural background. You can find the abstract of their interesting presentations here!


Paper in print!

April 15, 2018


Sheida and Carolien's new paper on adolescents' responses to online conflicts is now in print in the most recent issue of Infant and Child Development. They found that young people with a strong sense of control over the social environment around them reacted less angrily to those who irritated them during an online game. You can download this Open Access article here

What social-emotional behaviors do you see in chimpanzees?

March 20, 2018

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Social and emotional behaviors are not unique to human beings. During the past 8 weeks, the students of the Pre-University Class at Leiden University learned various aspects about emotions, from typical and atypical development in children to primate behaviors. As a closing activity, they went to Artis zoo in Amsterdam on 19 March to have a hand-on experience of primate observation study.

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