Visiting our collaborating institutions in Beijing

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May 20, 2018

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 (lecture poster), 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.  



KNAW collaboration with Peking University

May 18, 2018

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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. Click here to read more about the event.


Social participation in children with hearing loss

May 7, 2018

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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. 


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.






Mariska and Yung-Ting both received a grant!

June 7, 2018

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It was a week full of good news! Cognitive psychologist Dr. Mariska Kret, the principal investigator of COPAN and the co-promotor of Yung-Ting, has recently received the NWO VIDI grant, with which she will study the relation between mimicry and trust in people with social anxiety and autism. Meanwhile, Yung-Ting also received a grant from Taiwan Ministry of Education, which will support her project on children with a cochlear implant for two years. Congratulations!

Affective Social Learning with Dr. Daniel Dukes

June 6, 2018


On the 4th of June, Dr. Daniel Dukes visited our lab to present some of his recent research on affective social learning.

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VNOP Conference 2018

May 17, 2018

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The bi-annual VNOP conference took place in Wageningen this year on 15 and 16 May. Neeltje, Yung-Ting and Sheida were there to present their studies. During the flash talk session, they respectively talked about their most recent findings on social-emotional development in children/adolescents with developmental language disorder, hearing loss, and bicultural background. You can find the abstract of their interesting presentations here!