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 On March 13th, Carolien will present a workshop on "The Inclusive School" at National Autism Congress, Utrecht, The Netherlands. More information about the program can be found here.

KNAW collaboration with Peking University


May 18, 2018

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. 

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Visiting our collaborating institutions in Beijing


May 20, 2018

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Between April 28 and May 8, Carolien and Boya visited our Chinese collaborators at Peking University, Capital Normal University and China Rehabilitation Research Center for Hearing and Speech Impairment (see poster on the right; click to enlarge), all located in Beijing. At these three institutions, Carolien presented the latest developments regarding our research on children with autism and hearing loss. The visits sparked interesting discussions and promoted long-term collaborations. Tours around the three centers showed a warm atmosphere and true concern for children’s social-emotional wellbeing and development. The exciting collaborations with these institutions allow us to conduct large-scale cross-cultural studies, providing us with valuable insights into social-emotional functioning in children with (a)typical development.   


Social participation in children with hearing loss


May 7, 2018

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.


Symposium: Monitoring Social Behaviors with Information Technology

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June 19, 2018

On 25 June 2018, Carolien and Prof. Joost Kok from University of Twente are organizing a symposium to show new possibilities for research and other applications using Information Technology. Please click here for more information about the location and program.

Registration: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mentioning "Sensor meeting Leiden".


Psychology Science Day 2018

July 10th, 2018

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Danique (top left), Sjors (top right) and Tamara (bottom) presented their Masters theses at Leiden University Psychology Science Day on the 5th of July 2018.

Danique's research examined experinces of moral emotions; shame and guilt, in children with developmental language disorder (DLD). It is the first study to investigate moral emotions in this group and may have significant implications for their social development, as there is a known link between moral emotions and moral behavior. 

Sjors' research was a longitudinal study on theory of mind (ToM) in young children (age 1 - 6) with autism, which indicated that - after an initial delay - children with autism seem to catch up on most early ToM capacities.

Tamara examined how the proactive and reactive aggression of pre-school children is related to their peer interactions and emotion regulation abilities. In order to measure the frequency and duration of the children’s interactions on the playground, she used data from radio-frequency identification devices collected by Guida in Lisbon, Portugal (see more about this method here).

Congratulations Danique, Sjors & Tamara!

Recent & Upcoming Events

March 13th: National Autism Congress

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March 4th: Neeltje's defense & symposium

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February 14th: Lecture at Durham University

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One more week for Naqi's defense!

December 12th, 2019

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Naqi came back to Leiden for his PhD defence next Wednesday 18 December, and took the opportunity to study factor analysis in R with our new PhD student Zijian. 


VNOP-CAS Research Days

November 26th, 2019


Shannon and Qi attended the VNOP-CAS Research Days on the 22nd of November in Utrecht. They presented their research plans and preliminary findings from their first-wave data collection in China, focusing on emotional functioning in Chinese deaf and hard-of-hearing toddlers.


Bachelor internship on inclusiveness at schoolyard

November 19th, 2019

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On November 18th, Lisa and Anna welcomed 10 enthusiastic bachelor students who will join our lab for an internship.

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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.