Dr. Sheida Novin

Sheida Novin currently holds a position at the University of Utrecht. Her work focuses on the influence of culture (cultural values, self-construal, cultural mindsets) on various aspects of human psychology, including behavior, emotion, cognition, and mental health. Together with Carolien, Sheida supervises the PhD project of Naqi Dahamat.

Carolien Appointed Full Professor at TU Twente

September 9th, 2020

Carolien UCL honorary

As of September 1st, Carolien serves as Full Professor at the Technical University of Twente, in combination with her position at Leiden University. She now holds a professorship in Social Interaction Technology at the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science, as a member of the Human Media Interaction group. She will be investigating the impact of the built environment on social inclusion, while using computer technology as a means of measurement. This appointment will enrich the research in our lab with new technical developments, and provide unique opportunities for collaborative research projects. Congratulations, Carolien!

Read more about her new professorship here.


Emotional competence as mediator in longitudinal study on children with and without Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

August 20th, 2020

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Neeltje's publication is online, showing the (longitudinal) interrelations between emotional competence, communication problems, and externalizing problems in young adolescents with and without DLD (special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health). Click here to read full text. 


Loose-Parts Play in the First School

July 24th, 2020

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The Loose Parts project was successfully completed in the first primary school on July 15th. The goal of this intervention is facilitating children's social interaction at the playground, and thus enhancing social inclusion during children' play time. The children were enthusiastic with the parts, and we also received good feedback from teachers. The primary school will continue further with the project on their own.


The Network 'Musea Bekennen Kleur'

June 24th, 2020

Hendrick Heerschop Koning Caspar 1654. Olieverf op paneel. Berlijn Staatliche Museen ze Berlin 971x1200

Hendrick Heerschop, Koning Caspar, 1654 of 1659.
          Credit: Berlijn, Staatliche Museen Preussischen Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegaleri. 

What is the representation of people of color within art? Do young people of color also feel their norms and values reflected in the museum collection. The new network of Dutch museums aims to embed diversity and inclusion in the museum and heritage sector in a sustainable manner by providing educational programs. Carolien gave her input drawing from past research and experience on children and young people - "Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a huge boost for a movement that has been going on in the black community for some time, but fortunately is now increasingly expanding into society." Thus highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion within society and art. Click here to read more!


Recent & Upcoming Events

June 26th 14.00-15.30 Webinar on Sensors (Part II)

BOLD Cities

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June 18th 13.00-14.30: Webinar on Sensors

BOLD Cities

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June 12th 11.00-13.00: Master Class on Factor Analysis

Universiteit Leiden

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Back in the Office!

June 18th, 2020

FSW inside

On June 11th, Qi was the first from our lab to head back to the office since the lockdown. Qi's mission was to enter all children’s responses to the interview questions in the data file. 

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Welcome to our new PhD candidate Maedeh Nasri

June 9th, 2020

Maedeh Nasri

Starting from June 8th, Maedeh Nasri joins our lab as a PhD candidate. Her multidisciplinery project is within the Centre for BOLD Cities, as part of the NWO-funded "Breaking the cycle" project, combining Psychology, Computer Science, Government, and Architecture.

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Emotion awareness decreases internalizing symptoms in children with Developmental Language Disorder

March 30th, 2020

mental health brain puzzle

Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) often experience more internalizing symptoms, such as social anxiety. However, very little is known about the factors that protect children with DLD from developing such symptoms.

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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.