February 13, 2018
Thanks to innovations in sensing technology, we can now observe social behaviours in an unobtrusive manner. In a "playground" study conducted in Portugal by Guida Veiga (University of Évora), wearable sensors based on radio-frequency identification devices (RFID) recorded peer interactions of preschool children. These interactions were in turn linked to the social and emotional competence of the children.
On 8 February 2018, Carolien Rieffe, Matthijs van Leeuwen (affiliated with the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, and the Leiden Centre of Data Science), as well as Master students Daniela Gawehns and Tamara Lorenz met to discuss the data analyses and key information gained from these innovative sensors. Under the supervision of Matthijs, Daniela aims to discover dynamic patters in the "playground" data for her Master’s thesis. Tamara, who works with Carolien, intends to examine the importance of emotion regulation for peer interactions. With this collaboration, we hope to extend our knowledge of the application and usage of the RFID sensors, paving the way for their successful application to clinical populations!