Elena Geangu (team leader)
I have done all my university degrees at ‘Babes-Bolyai University’ in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. After few years ofpostdoctoral fellowships around the world, in November 2012 I joined the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University as a lecturer. Since then, I climbed about 30 Wainwright fells in the Lake District and the beautiful peaks in Yorkshire Dales.
I studied Computer Science in Greifswald and Cognitive Science in Osnabrueck (Germany). My PhD in Psychology at the University of Sussex deals with the idea that our evaluations and interpretations are not solely the product of our intellectual capacities, but are often influenced by our current body states. At Lancaster University I am working on a project where we want to find out more about infants reactions towards emotional expressions of adults. This might give us new insights into how children learn to understand others’ emotions.
Maria Magdalena Crespo-Llado (a.k.a. Malen)
I received my degree in Psychology at the University of Balearic Islands (Spain), where I had the chance to participate in multiple research projects led by the Developmental Psychopathology group at the Institute of Health Sciences (IUNICS). Later on, I did an MSc on Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at Durham University (UK), where I also researched the neural correlates of working memory in adult decision-making. Since 2013, I am a PhD student at Lancaster University and I research infant and toddler empathy development.
I have a BSc in applied psychology from NanKai University in TianJin, China. After being a counsellor for a few years, I have enrolled for a master’s degree in developmental disorders at Lancaster University (2013-2014). During my master, I researched (with Dr Elena Geangu) the role of affective touch on empathic responses. Currently I am doing my PhD on children’s perception of emotional body expressions.
Postgraduate Research Assistants
Elisa Roberti – I have a BSc in Psychology from University of Milano-Bicocca, and I am currently working on the final dissertation for my MSc in Clinical and Developmental Psychology and Neuropsychology. I am intrested in the first stages of cognitive and social development. Currently I have an Erasmus scholarship which enables me to research at Lancaster University (UK) how infants integrate the information conveyed by different sensory modalities.
Amarige Harrison – I have a BSc in Psychology from Lancaster University, where I am currently studying for my MSc in Developmental Disorders. I have previously investigated the relationship between anxiety levels and the perception of emotional body postures in children, and I hope to pursue my interest in developmental psychology and social cognition further through my current internship in the Social and Emotional Development lab. In particular, I am keen to investigate how visual and auditory information are integrated during infancy.
Xiaoyun Celia Chen – I have a BSc in Psychology from Guangzhou Medical University in Guangzhou, China. I am now doing the final dissertation for my MSc in Psychology of Developmental Disorders at Lancaster University. I am interested in the basic cognitive mechanism of how children perceived emotions, especially those children with different difficulties. Currently, I am studying on how anxious children process emotional face expressions. I really enjoy my life here exploring my academic interest and the beautiful environment.
Rosie Meers – I have a BSc in Psychology and now I am currently doing a MSc in Psychological Research Methods, both at Lancaster University. In the Social and Emotional Development Lab, I am especially keen to explore my interests in the socio-emotional development of infants and toddlers and to develop skills in using neurophysiological methods such as EEG to investigate this.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
I am a 3rd year Psychology student at Lancaster University. During my degree I became very interested in learning more about the development of empathy and prosocial behavior during childhood. I am particularly keen in finding out more about how parenting is related to the ontogeny of such important abilities. Through the internship in the Social and Emotional Development Lab I am developing new research skills which will enable me to further study and investigate this topic.
Former Lab Members
I am from New Hampshire in the United States. I am a 3rd year psychology student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I have also worked as a research assistant in Dr. Erik Cheries’ Infant Cognition Lab and as a Teaching Assistant for Developmental Psychology. I am currently studying abroad at Lancaster University.