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Research project

“Focus on Emotions” research group

We examine the effect of social learning on emotional competence in children and adolescents with a typical or atypical development.

Contact
Carolien Rieffe
Funding
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

The Focus on Emotions research group is located at the Institute of Psychology of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Leiden University.

We work in close collaboration with the Dutch Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child (NSDSK) in Amsterdam, the ENT department of the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), the Centre for Autism in Leiden, and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS). We have close collaborations across Europe (University of Evora, Portugal; University Jaume I, Castellon, Spain; UCL Institute of Eduction, University of London, UK; University of Milan, Italy) and the US (see www.focusonemotions.nl for a full list).

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 children who have difficulties with language pragmatics or other communication skills, i.e. children with hearing impairments, with autism spectrum disorders, or with specific language impairments.

In our projects, we apply a multi-informant (child, care-giver, peer, teacher), multi-method (self-, parent-, teacher-reports; behavioral tests; observation tasks; eye-tracking studies; radio-frequency-identification-devices) approach.

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