Dr Elena GeanguLecturer
I have done all my university degrees at 'Babes-Bolyai University' in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. After postdoctoral training, in November 2012, I joined the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University as a lecturer.
My research focusses on two main topics in socio-emotional development. First, I am investigating how empathy develops during the first years of life. Being able to empathise with others’ affective experiences is perhaps one of the most complex social abilities. It involves a variety of processes from emotion perception to affect sharing, regulation, perspective taking, and self-other differentiation. The ultimate goal is to provide a comprehensive model of how the development of these processes contributes to the emergence of empathy, and to inform strategies for early detection, prevention and intervention of atypical social development. Currently, my work is directed towards learning about the underlying mechanisms of affect sharing in infancy, how these responses are related to empathy, and whether they motivate prosocial behaviors. Related to this, I am also researching how infants and young children across cultures develop a coherent emotional percept including information from multiple senses. In addition, I study how infants develop an understanding of others' actions, with a more specific interest in the role of the auditory information. To answer these questions, I use various methods, including behavioural, eye-tracking, and psychophysiology.
PhD Supervision Interests
Early Empathy Development, Infant Action Perception
Coherent emotional perception from body expressions and the voice
Yeh, P., Geangu, E., Reid, V.M. 10/2016 In: Neuropsychologia. 91, p. 99-108. 10 p.
Culture shapes 7-month-olds' perceptual strategies in discriminating facial expressions of emotion
Geangu, E., Ichikawa, H., Lao, J., Kanazawa, S., Yamaguchi, M., Caldara, R., Turati, C. 25/07/2016 In: Current Biology. 26, 14, p. R663-R664. 2 p.
Three-year-olds’ rapid facial electromyographic responses to emotional facial expressions and body postures
Geangu, E., Quadrelli, E., Conte, S., Croci, E., Turati, C. 04/2016 In: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 144, p. 1-14. 14 p.
By the sound of it: an ERP investigation of human action sound processing in 7-month-old infants
Geangu, E., Quadrelli, E., Lewis, J.W., Cassia, V.M., Turati, C. 04/2015 In: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 12, p. 134-144. 11 p.
Development of empathy during early childhood across cultures
Geangu, E. 17/02/2015 In: International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences. Elsevier p. 549-553. 5 p. Electronic ISBN: 9780080970875.
The effect of biomechanical properties of motion on infants' perception of goal-directed grasping actions
Geangu, E., Senna, I., Croci, E., Turati, C. 01/2015 In: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 129, p. 55-67. 13 p.
The neural correlates of passively viewed sequences of true and false beliefs
Geangu, E., Gibson, A., Kaduk, K., Reid, V.M. 2013 In: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 8, 4, p. 432-437. 6 p.
Infant Pupil Diameter Changes in Response to Others' Positive and Negative Emotions.
Geangu, E., Hauf, P., Bhardwaj, R., Bentz, W.F. 16/11/2011 In: PLoS ONE. 6, 11, 10 p.
Individual differences in infant’s emotional resonance to a peer in distress: self-other awareness and emotion regulation
Geangu, E., Benga, O., Stahl, D., Striano, T. 08/2011 In: Social Development. 20, 3, p. 450-470. 21 p.
Emotions and social development in childhood
Denham, S., Warren, H., Salisch, M., Benga, O., Chin, J., Geangu, E. 2011 In: The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of childhood social development. Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell p. 413-433. 21 p. ISBN: 9781405196796.
Contagious crying beyond the first days of life
Geangu, E., Benga, O., Stahl, D., Striano, T. 06/2010 In: Infant Behavior and Development. 33, 3, p. 279-288. 10 p.
Empathy Development - Insights from Early Years
Geangu, E. 12/2009 In: Cognition, Brain, Behavior. 13, 4
Empathy development - insights from early years: Introduction to the special issue
Geangu, E. 12/2009 In: Cognition, Brain, Behavior. 13, 4, 4 p.
Research methodology and social cognition
Reid, V., Geangu, E. 2009 In: Social cognition. Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell p. 17-34. 18 p. ISBN: 9781405162173.
AFFECTIVA - Personalize Technologies for Mental Health
01/10/2016 → 30/09/2020
Infants facial muscular responses to static emotional expressions
01/04/2015 → 30/08/2016
In the world of social sounds: infant processing of human action sounds
01/04/2014 → 31/03/2015
Investigating Cross Cultural Differences
01/12/2013 → …
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Experimental Brain Research
Early Education and Development