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In this webinar the most recent development of the sensor technology will be introduced, as well as updates about the tools/scripts that can be used for analyzing the sensor data, and updates about data collection of the playground project. Attendees include members of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE) sensor lab, and experts of computer science, sensor technology, and play/recess time study.


Sensor Webinar Part I


13.00 - 13.10 Introduction
                      Carolien Rieffe (Leiden University)

13.10 - 13.35 Updates on sensor equipment
                      Marvin Meeng (Leiden Institude of Advanced Computer Science)

13.35 - 13.45 Solutions to time stamp problem of the tags
                      Geert Jan Laanstra (University of Twente)

13.45 - 13.55 Data collection: sensor data and observations/interviews
                      Adva Eichengrün (Leiden University)

13.55 - 14.05 Data collection: sensor data and sociometric measures
                      Brenda Sousa da Silva (Leiden University)

14.05 - 14.15 Social fluidity analysis
                      Daniela Gawehns (Leiden Institude of Advanced Computer Science)

14.15 - 14.30 General discussion



New book release: Life hacks for autistic girls

November 25th, 2020

Screenshot 2020 11 25 at 11.18.46The book 'Lifehacks voor meiden met autisme: Handige tips voor dagelijkse problemen' is newly released! Edited by board members of the Female Autism Network of The Netherlands (FANN), Els Blijd-Hoogewys, Marleen Bezemer, and Audrey Mol, this book consists of multiple tips to navigate daily life for girls 8-18 years old with autism and their friends or family on prominent topics for this age such as puberty, sexuality, and gossiping. Carolien wrote two chapters for this new book on emotion regulation and friendship.

Click here to take a look, and also see an introduction here.



Yung-Ting successfully defended her PhD thesis

November 11th, 2020

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Yung-Ting successfully defended her dissertation on November 11th on social information processing in deaf or hard of hearing children. In a live setting, with some opponents questioning the candidate online, Yung-Ting calmly and professionally debated with the different committee members, not only showing her knowledge and skills on the topic, but also impressing the committee with her thoughtful responses. It was a great opportunity that the defence was streamed online for Yung-Ting's family to also tune in from Taiwan. Congratulations Dr. Tsou with this wonderful achievement! Read more about her research here.


Navigating the world of emotions: How do children with hearing loss do it?

November 9th, 2020

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On the 11th of November at 13:45, Yung-Ting will defend her PhD thesis entitled "Navigating the world of emotions; Social information processing in children with and without hearing loss". Within her PhD research, Yung-Ting used a variety of measures to unravel how children with and without hearing loss encode, interpret, and react to others’ emotions in a social context, and whether their responses are associated with psychosocial functioning. Click here to watch the live stream of her defense!



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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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' (postponed)

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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.