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Yung-Ting will be presenting at the 19th Annual European Conference of Developmental Psychology in Athens, Greece. She will discuss the visual processing of emotional faces in children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Evelien Broekhof defends her PhD dissertation

June 4th, 2019

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Today, June 4th 2019, Evelien Broekhof defended her PhD dissertation. Evelien's research reveals that adolescents with autism or hearing loss experience less shame and guilt than their peers, and this may have important implications.

We all experience shame and guilt at one time or another, and these emotions serve an important function: to communicate regret for our actions. Shame and guilt ensure that we follow societal rules and norms, allowing us to function well within our social context. Evelien's research examined the role of shame and guilt in the development of aggresssion throughout adolescence.

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Data collection started in China

May 28th, 2019

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May 27th marks the start of our data collection in Beijing, China, in collaboration with the China Rehabilitation Research Center for Hearing and Speech Impairment. The test battery that has been proven useful in examining social-emotional development in Dutch and Portuguese children will now also be administered in China to help us understand the effects of culture.

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Kick off! The 5-year NWO project officially started

May 13th, 2019

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On Friday May 10th, the kick-off meeting of the NWO project "Breaking the cycle: an inclusive school environment outside the classroom for adolescents with ASD" took place in Leiden, marking the start of this 5-year project. Partners from collaborating universities, professional organizations for autism, and patient associations came together to celebrate the start of this multidisciplinary collaboration and to get ready for the next upcoming years with interesting presentations and lively discussions.



Upcoming Events

June 24th - 25th: Deaf Children Now: Changing the Conversation
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June 30th - July 1st: AG Bell Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium, Madrid

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July 10th - 13th: Treating the Whole Child Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children

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August 30th - September 1st: European Conference of Developmental Psychology

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Qi Meng joins our team and receives a grant from the Chinese government

 May 30th, 2019

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Our lab will soon welcome another new PhD student from China. Qi Meng has been granted the Chinese Government Scholarship (also known as CSC) under Boya's supervision, which will support her four-year research project at our lab. Her project will focus on the social and emotional development of Chinese children with hearing loss.

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Carolien presents at congress about Emotion Regulation

May 28th, 2019

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On Monday 21st of May Carolien presented at a Congress about the emotion regulation of children and adolescents. Carolien's presentation discussed the emotion regulation of autistic youngsters, and was well received by all.

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BOLD Cities continues for another 5 years

April 2nd, 2019

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Great news! BOLD Cities received a new LDE (Leiden University, TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam) funding for another 5 years.

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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.