Photo archive


Cum laude graduation for Evelien!

9 October 2013

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Given the valuable contributions Evelien has already made, and no doubt will continue to make to our group, we could easily forget that up till now she was still a student. Today she officially received her (research) MSc degree, cum laude! Evelien's thesis is entitled 'The understanding of intentions, desires and beliefs in young children with autism spectrum disorder' and is already submitted to a journal. Congratulations from all of us on earning your degree, Evelien. We are very proud of you and we hope you enjoyed this special moment to the fullest!

60th anniversary NSDSK

2 October 2013


On behalf of the Focus on Emotion group we would like to congratulate NSDSK, specialist in language and hearing, with its 60th anniversary! To celebrate, the NSDSK has organised two symposia that will be held on the 3rd and 4th of October 2013. Among others, Carolien Rieffe will be talking about young children's empathy. 

New bachelor project started

September 2013

BP group 2013

A new group of enthusiastic students has just started their bachelor project within our research group. Under supervision of Neeltje, they will learn all about (non-verbal) Theory of Mind tasks.

Team Lunch

20 August 2013

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The ideal combination of work and pleasure. Enjoying a nice outdoor summer lunch with the Focus on Emotions group and having our weekly research meeting at the same time!

Science Day Leiden University

27 June 2013

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Research master student Evelien Broekhof (left) and honours research bachelor student Marieke de Bruine (right) standing next to the posters they presented at Leiden University's annual Science Day on June 27. Evelien studied theory of mind in young children with autism, Marieke studied the link between coping and depression in (pre)adolescents with autism. Evelien was also one of two students selected to give a talk about her study to an interested audience of staff members, students and their families.

CI conference Istanbul

23-26 May 2013


From May 23 till May 26, we visted the European Symposium on Paediatric Cochlear Implantation in Istanbul, Turkey. Although the focus of this conference was mostly on medical aspects, we gave multiple talks about social-emotional outcomes in deaf children and adolescents with cochlear implants, raising awareness of issues in this area of development. The photo shows Stephanie when presenting about psychopathology in deaf adolescents with a CI.

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Carolien Rieffe and Johan Frijns on their way to the official conference dinner.

Defense Maartje Kouwenberg 

18 April 2013

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Maartje successfully defended her thesis, and now goes by the name of Dr Kouwenberg. Well done Maartje!

Marina Camodeca visiting

30 March 2013

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International expert on bullying, Dr. Marina Camodeca, from Chieti University, Italy, visited our lab to work on a research with young adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Here, Marina is discussing the outcomes of the analyses with our post-doc, Sofia Diamantopoulou, who is also an experienced researcher on bullying and victimization.

Publication prize

22 March 2013 


During the 13th National Autism Conference in Rotterdam, Carolien received a publication prize from Wetenschappelijk Tijdschrift Autisme for the article 'Gedeelde smart? Empathie bij jonge kinderen met autisme'.

LappTop programme

9 March 2013

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This photo shows the enthusiastic high school students participating in the LappTop programme Psychology 2013. The students come from Rotterdam, Haarlem and Wassenaar. Students enrolled in this programme because they wanted to learn more about psychology. The LappTop programme consists of 8 meetings, supervised by Carolien Rieffe at Leiden University. The students learn what emotions are, the aim of emotion expression, emotion regulation, culture and emotions, and autism. In a closing session, the students will give a presentation showing their newly acquired knowledge, and they will receive their certificate.

Manon Romijn, 17 years old, Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar

Goodbye Stephanie

5 February 2013

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After three years in our lab, Stephanie has moved on to a new challenge. She has now almost finished  writing up her PhD thesis. This was exactly in time, because last week, Stephanie started her training programme at the Leiden University Medical Centre, in order to become an ENT specialist.  We will most certainly miss Stephanie's input at the lab, but we are lucky that she works so closeby. We are planning new reseach collaboration to continue this great cooperation with the ENT department. 

Carolien in Lisbon

19 January 2013

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Carolien at the Technical University of Lisbon with professor Carlos Neto, president of the Faculty of Human Kinetics. They had a research meeting to discuss Guida Veiga's research on the effects of free play on motor development and emotional and social functioning in young children.

HRBP symposium

15 December 2012

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Honours Research Bachelor Project student Marieke de Bruine presented her work during the HRBP symposium.

CI Conference in Belgium

21 November 2012

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Carolien attended the International State of the Art Meeting on (Re)habilitation of Children and Adults using Cochlear Implants in Antwerp, Belgium. She presented the outcomes from our research on the social and emotional development of young children with a CI. In the picture Carolien with fellow conference attendees. From left to right: Andrej Kral, Carolien Rieffe, Gerry O'Donoghue, and and Ann-Charlotte Gyllenram.

New master students

5 November 2012

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 We have welcomed 8 new master students, who will be doing longitudinal analyses of emotional development, as part of the VIDI project.

João in the lab

29 October 2012


During autumn holidays, our youngest student João visited the lab.

Promotion of Karin Wiefferink  

13 September 2012


Karin Wiefferink at her promotion, with supervisors Johan Frijns and Carolien Rieffe

Saying goodbye to Lucinda, Sigrid and Maartje 

30 August 2012


Lucinda, Sigrid and Maartje are leaving our lab. Lucinda and Maartje are finishing their PhD theses, and Sigrid has finished the testing of children that she has done for us during the past three years. The Emotions Lab will not be the same without these three ladies!

Honours students

22 June 2012


Our honours students Annet Hogendoorn (middle) and Nienke Franssen (right) received their honours certificates. Annet did research on emotion recognition in younger children with ASD; Nienke's research was focused on friendship quality in children and adolescents with hearing loss. 

Farewell of Willem Koops

1 June 2012


Left: Carolien Rieffe and fellow professors at the farewell of Willem Koops as dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Utrecht University. From left to right: Frosso Motti-Stefanidi (Athens), Katariina Salmela-Aro (Helsinki), Christiane Spiel (Vienna), Carolien Rieffe (Leiden) and Ersilia Menesini (Florence).

Right: At Willem's goodbye dinner, Carolien handed him a special issue of the European Journal of Developmental Psychology. The  issue (on social cognitions, bullying and victimization in autism) was edited by Paul L. Harris, Carolien Rieffe and Marcel van Aken. 

Collecting data 

25 April 2012


  Two of our students collecting data on children with ASD, by analysing videos of test sessions

Dinner with Michael Siegal

7 October 2011


Professor Michael Siegal also visited the NSDSK (Dutch Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child) in Amsterdam in October 2011.

Promotion Sheida Novin

16 June 2011

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Sheida Novin defended her thesis 'Moroccan-Dutch adolescents' emotional functioning: In between two cultures?'. The thesis is a culmination of 4 years of dedicated research on emotional functioning in mono- and bicultural adolescents.