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".

Visiting our collaborating institutions in Beijing


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.   

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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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Alexithymia with Dr. Hannah Hobson

June 20th 2018

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Dr Hannah Hobson, lecturer from the University of Greenwich, visited the new children's language and language skills. 

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Early intervention for deaf & hard of hearing children

June 19th 2018 

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On June 13th - 16th 2018, Evelien Dirks attended the Family-centered early intervention (FCEI) conference  in Austria, which focuses on children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Mariska and Yung-Ting both received a grant!

June 8, 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!

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.