Adolescents who feel heard are less angry in online games

November 27, 2017

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Online games are very often played with strangers. How do young people react when a conflict arises in such a situation? In order to answer this question, Carolien and Sheida conducted an experiment in which adolescents played an online game, supposedly with an unknown peer. They found that young people with a strong sense of cohesion - a sense of control over the social environment around them - reacted less angrily to those who irritated them. Their findings have been published (Open Access) in Infant and Child Development. You can read more about the research from Leiden University News here (in English) or here (in Dutch). 



Social and emotional aspects of hearing loss

October 20, 2017

Having a hearing loss does not only affect one’s auditory and language ability. On 13 October, Carolien was invited to give a presentation at the conference “Social and Emotional Aspects of Hearing Loss,” organized by Prof. dr. Beverly Wright of the Knowles Hearing Center at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA. Carolien gave an overview of the latest outcomes of how hearing loss can influence – indirectly – children and adolescents’ social and emotional development. Kathy Pichora-Fuller from University of Toronto talked about hearing loss in elder people and how this affects their social lives and wellbeing. Other speakers, such as Jill Preminger from University of Louisville and Kris English from University of Akron, shared their findings and thoughts on the social and emotional wellbeing in hearing-impaired populations and their families. 


Dutch Black Achievement Month

October 5, 2017

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The Dutch history of slave trade in the 16th century until the abolition in 1863, still shows its traces today. But how aware are we of these traces? On Sunday Oct 1st, the Dutch Black Achievement Month started (full program). As part of this program, the Tropen Museum Amsterdam will open an exhibition on Friday Oct 6th, called “Afterlives of Slavery”, that questions how children today are educated about the Dutch colonial history. Carolien will take part in a panel discussion at this opening, chaired by Dr. Aspha Bijnaar, a reknowed sociologist on creating awareness of our slave history in the school curriculum. 

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(From left to right: Carolien, Fazle Shairmahomed, Helen Sumter,
Khadija al Mourabit, Raul Balai, and Aspha Bijnaar)



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.






Paper in press

November 10, 2017

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Playground dynamics is traditionally studied based on parents and teachers’ observations. Carolien and Guida Veiga (University of Évora, Portugal), however, wanted to obtain a more accurate perspective on children’s behaviours. Their new article focuses on the application of RFID sensors to study child development as this technology enables us to monitor children’s behaviors in their natural settings. The article has just been accepted by SAGE Research Methods Cases and is now in press.

Hard-of-hearing children and their psychosocial functioning

September 1, 2017

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On August 22nd, Nina Jakhelln Laugen successfully defended her PhD thesis "Psychosocial functioning, emotion understanding and social skills in hard of hearing preschool children" (supervisors Karl Jacobsen, Lars Wichstrøm, and Carolien) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway. Nina is one of the first to have a PhD project addressing the psychosocial functioning in children with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, who are seldom subjects to research in the literature.

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Data collection in Taiwan

August 29, 2017

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Deaf children with cochlear implants have an altered auditory experience from hearing children due to the lack of auditory input during the first year(s) of life and the use of the electrical hearing device. Does this altered experience affect how they process emotions? After a pilot session, Yung-Ting is now back in Taiwan for the data collection, aiming to answer this question.

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