Emotion Regulation and Empathy in Children with Autism

Help us to understand why children with autism find it difficult to respond to other’s emotions with empathy and gain a greater understanding of your child’s emotional development

The study involves observing children’s behavioural responses to everyday positive and negative emotional situations. For example, a young child showing happiness while playing with a toy, or a child who is upset on his first day of school (presented as videos)

We are looking for children with an Autism Spectrum diagnosis between 5 and 9 years of age who have normal or high IQ (high-functioning)

The study takes approximately 45 minutes

If you are interested in participating in this study or want any further information please contact Elian.

Phone: 9351 3494 Email: eric@psych.usyd.edu.au


Dr Sander Begeer is Assistant Professor at the Department of Developmental Psychology, VU University Amsterdam, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Psychology, University of Sydney. Sander’s main research interest is autism. He founded Autism Research Amsterdam (www.ara.vu.nl) to convene a research line combining fundamental and applied approaches, and has recently started the Dutch Autism Register, a national longitudinal cohort study. He aims to use fundamental and applied approaches to improve the understanding, assessment and treatment of autism.

Dr Marc de Rosnay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Sydney. He completed his doctorate in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, and has worked in the Winnicott Research Unit, University of Reading (UK), and the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge (UK). Marc’s research focuses on emotional development in infancy and childhood, and children’s adjustment to school. Marc has a long-standing relationship with various Catholic Primary schools, in which he has conducted several research project previously. He also appears regularly in the media speaking on child development and raising children (ABC702 – Afternoons; ABC – Life at 7).