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Carolien Rieffe appointed Honorary Professor at University College London

Carolien Rieffe is appointed an Honorary Professor at the prestigious UCL Institute of Education, University of London. Rieffe already holds a professorship, Social and Emotional Development, at Developmental Psychology, Leiden University. This new appointment strengthens the existing bond between Leiden University and UCL and provides unique opportunities for collaborative research projects.


Children with autism spectrum disorder are empathic

Children with autism spectrum disorder are able to empathise with others. However, they can be quickly overwhelmed by other people's emotions, which may make them more aggressive. These are the newest insights from research by developmental psychologist Carolien Rieffe and her colleagues.


Experience Day for IBP students

Learn more about the programme of the International Bachelor in Psychology in Leiden and find an answer to all your questions at the Experience Day International Bachelor in Psychology (IBP). You visit a lecture and a tutorial, and you'll meet students and lecturers at the information market. Next Experience Day for IBP students.


Empathy improves with age

A unique network is activated in our brains whenever we think of other people. This network has a social function, and changes during adolescence. The change enables us to become better at understanding others and sharing in their feelings. But, as psychologist Sandy Overgaauw discovered, it doesn’t have the same effect in everyone. PhD defence 19 February.


4 Vici awards for Leiden researchers

Four Leiden researchers have been awarded a Vici as part of NWO's Innovation Research Incentives scheme. They each have 1.5 million euros to set up a research group and employ PhD candidates.


Children already capable of self-control at an early age

Children learn how to control and slow down their own behaviour at an early age. This important skill initially requires a lot of brain activity, but becomes more and more efficient as they grow older and become adolescents, concludes PhD candidate Margot Schel.


How autistic children learn to control their emotions

Children with autism spectrum disorder often suffer from social and mental health problems. PhD research by Lucinda Pouw (Developmental and Educational Psychology) has shown that how they deal with their emotions is an important factor. PhD defence 14 January.


How do deaf children develop in a hearing environment?

Deaf and hard-of-hearing youngsters often grow up in a hearing environment. Does this have consequences for their socio-emotional functioning? Maartje Kouwenberg (Developmental and Educational Psychology) concludes that there is no simple answer to this question. Her PhD defence was on 18 April 2013.


‘Children with autism do see that someone is sad’

Leiden autism expert Carolien Rieffe discovered that children suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are most definitely moved by another person’s emotions, but that they react to it differently from their more normally developing peers. This insight leads to a different type of diagnosis and treatment.


Why some children thrive and others don't

Leiden researchers on child and family, under the supervision of Professor Rien van IJzendoorn, are partners in a national collaboration which has been granted 27.6 million in research funding by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science: a so-called Gravitation Subsidy. They will be investigating why some children thrive more than others.


No more sign language for deaf children with implants?

The language development of children with a cochlear implant who only learn spoken language is faster than that of children with a cochlear implant who are also learning sign language. This is what Leiden researcher Karin Wiefferink concludes in her dissertation. Defence 13 September.


Research by Eveline Crone gives new insights into adolescent brain

The part of the brain of adolescents that regulates impulsive and reckless behaviour does not work inadequately, as researchers previously thought. Meta-analysis of neuroscientific research on the working of the adolescent brain has shown that it is much more flexible than was realised. Professor Eveline Crone and her American colleague Professor Ron Dahl have published an article on the subject in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience.


Eveline Crone one of the most powerful women in science

Eveline Crone, Professor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology, is sixth on the list of most powerful women in Teaching and Science, according to Dutch magazine Opzij. Crone is one of the youngest female professors in the Netherlands and already has many awards to her name.


Moroccan-Dutch youths display very Dutch emotions

Dutch youths of Moroccan origin express their anger in the same way as native Dutch teenagers. This ‘emotional integration’ applies equally to Moroccan-Dutch youths who identify with Dutch culture and to those whose primary connection is with the culture of their parents.


Children rate talks by anxious peers negatively

Children suffering from social anxiety often have a rigid posture and voice, and they don’t dare to look at their audience when giving a talk. If your child suffers from social anxiety, what can you, as a parent, do? Developmental psychologist Michiel Westenberg, one of the leading researchers of the Leiden Social Anxiety Network, explains.