Rough-and-tumble play and the regulation of aggression in preschoolers

October 14th, 2020

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How does preschoolers’ play style relate to their aggressive impulses? In Guida’s recent study, rough-and-tumble play (RTP) at home was related to more emotion dysregulation and aggression in preschoolers, and at school RTP was related to more physical aggression. Negative emotions displayed during father-child RTP was related to poorer emotion regulation and higher levels of aggression. Overall, RTP does not seem to improve emotion regulation for children. Click here for the paper published in Early Child Development and Care.

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Strolling in a virtual museum room

October 8th, 2020

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As part of the collective “Musea Bekennen Kleur” educational program in which many major Dutch museums are participating, 3 master students at Interaction Technology, i.e. Vennila, Nancy, and Claudia (University of Twente; from left to right in the photo) now started designing a virtual museum room in which children can go around; and we (Carolien, Sheida Novin [Utrecht University], Yung-Ting) can track children’s interests in the different art objects presented.


Empathic responses between autistic and non-autistic adolescent girls and boys

September 25th, 2020

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After a motivating collaboration with UCL (Laura Hull and Felicity Sedgewick) and two mental health organizations INTER-PSY (Els Blijd-Hoogewys) and Rivierduinen (Lex Stockmann), and of course with several brilliant students involved (who by now all moved on to a PhD or professional training; Anne Bülow, Danique Willems, Rachel O’Connor), our paper on empathic responses of autistic young people is now online in Autism (open access here).

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The Week Against Bullying: Carolien answers 10 questions about bullying and autism

September 21st, 2020

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"The only thing that can help is to create a truly inclusive school climate in which everyone is welcome, even if you are different in some ways," says Carolien in an interview with the Dutch Autism Association (NVA) in the Week Against Bullying, September 21-25. Click here for the interview (in Dutch), and here for the other media apprearances in which Carolien, Evelien Broekhof, and Sheida Novin talk about bullying and autism. 


Recent & Upcoming Events

November 11th 13.45: Yung-Ting's PhD defense

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October 23rd 15.00: Webinar 'Social Participation Observation Scheme'

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September 21st 22.20: Carolien in documentary on Elijah Delsink, a 17-year-old student with autism

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Maayan has received her diploma for the Research Master (MPhil)

October 14th, 2020

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On October 14th, our star-student Maayan Cohen received her diploma for the Research Master (MPhil), cum laude! Maayan did her research with Carolien and Evelien on empathy in autistic adolescents.

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Carolien in the documentary on Elijah Delsink, a 17-year-old student with autism

September 22nd, 2020

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The September 21st broadcast of De Monitor was a documentary on Elijah Delsink, and his action to the Second Chamber to ban alternative treatments for "curing" autism. Carolien comments in the documentary: "Cease therapy is harmful, because the message is that you should cure autism."

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Sensor technology in the research of social interaction

August 31st, 2020

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What are the recent developments in sensor technology, and how can we use these to study children's social interactions? On June 18 and 26, these issues were discussed in a webinar series by international experts.

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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), the Centre for Autism, the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), TU Delft, and University of Twente. 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 who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, 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.