How to keep on top of the increasing research output?

Meta analysis VU May2017

How to make sense of the expanding literature about certain hypotheses? Meta-analysis is an alternative to the narrative review of research studies that helps integrating and analyzing the outcomes of a large number of studies. During the last week of May, Boya, Evelien Broekhof, Naqi, Tirza and Yung-Ting attended the workshop on meta-analyses at VU Amsterdam, provided by Prof. dr. Brad Bushman. Besides his enthusiasm and individually tailored supervision, Brad provided invaluable tools and insights, giving the students hand-on experiences of conducting such analyses.


Guest from Malaysia

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On 18 May, we had a guest from Malaysia! Dr. Zainal Madon, Naqi's supervisor and Head of Department at University Putra Malaysia (UPM), visited Leiden University. Dr. Madon met with Carolien to get informed about Naqi's progress and discussed future collaborations on cultural differences in emotion regulation and adolescent aggression. He also visited the eye-tracking lab and shared thoughts on cross-cultural studies. Welcome to Leiden, Dr. Madon!



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

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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? A study by Jorien Van Hoorn, Eric Van Dijk, Eveline Crone, Lex Stockmann, and Carolien Rieffe found that male adolescents, with and without autism, behaved more prosocially when these behaviors were endorsed by their peers. Yet, higher levels of autism features appeared to protect against peer feedback endorsing antisocial behaviors. These findings are promising as they show that peers can have a positive influence on both adolescents with and without autism. This study has been accepted for publication by Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and is now accessible online!


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.






An angering friend in VR

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Two master students in Media Studies at the department for Computer Science (LIACS, Leiden University), Pieter Rohrbach and Nesse van der Meer, developed a VR game for the Focus on Emotion lab (Carolien and Marieke Bos) with which older children and young teenagers can practice their anger regulation with an avatar in a virtual reality setting. Read the interview (in Dutch), also with Robin de Lange, supervisor of Pieter and Nesse at Media Studies.

Lapp-Top ceremony

LappTop all April2017

On 20 April, the ending ceremony of the Lapp-Top program was held in Pieterskerk. The high-school students were divided into groups and gave very impressive presentations on what they learned from the course.

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Biking along the tulip fields!

Tulip April2017

The Focus On Emotion team and CoPAN cycled along the tulip fields from Leiden to Lisse today (20 April). Along the 40-kilometer-long cycle path, we were amazed by the flowers in all kinds of color. Enjoy the beautiful sun-lit Spring days, everyone!

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