Dr. Sheida NovinSheida Novin

Sheida Novin currently holds a position at the University of Utrecht and the University of Michigan (USA). 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.

Dr. Zainal Madon  Zainal Madon

Zainal is a Head of Department and a Senior Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), a leading research university in Malaysia. He collaborates with us in a research on cultural differences in emotion regulation and adolescent aggression. 


Welcome our new intern

July 14, 2017


Starting 3rd of July, Merve Aras (student at ─░stanbul Kemerburgaz University in Turkey) participates in our research lab under the supervision of Naqi and Carolien. During this internship, Merve will focus on the measurement of empathy in East-Asian countries. Merve is also eager to learn more about the Leiden traditions and visited a PhD defense in which Carolien acted as a committee member.

Social skills in preschool children with hearing loss

July 4, 2017

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Hearing loss can lead to delayed development of social skills. However, this is mostly investigated in children with higher level of hearing loss; to what extent would unilateral or mild bilateral hearing loss (UMHL) affect the development of such skills? Nina Laugen examined this topic from Norway, and Carolien was involved from Leiden. They investigated the question by comparing between preschool children with UMHL, with moderate-to-severe hearing loss, and with normal hearing. The findings have just been published by Deafness & Education International. You can read the article here, or download the PDF directly here.

Peer feedback endorses prosocial behavior in adolescent boys with and without autism

May 12, 2017

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Peers have been known as a powerful source of socialization. When children enter into adolescence, the influence of the peer group extends as it becomes a focus in the social world. However, so far the literature focused only on typically developing populations. It remains unclear whether and to what extent adolescents with autism are influenced by their peers. For better or for worse?

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