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Dr Elena Geangu

Dr Elena Geangu

Lecturer

Fylde College
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YF

+44 (0)1524 593565

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in socio-emotional development, with a current focus on two main topics. First, I am investigating how empathy develops during the first years of life. For this I use various methods (behavioural, eye-tracking, psychophisiology) in an attempt to identify some of the mechanisms that are involved in infant affects sharing, and how this shared affect is related to empathic responses or predicts later developing empathic responses. Second, but not last, I am researching how infants develop an understanding of others' actions for which, again, I use a variety of methods and techniques (behavioral, eye-tracking, ERP).

Office Hours

Monday (10:00 - 13:00)

Career Details

I have done all my university degrees at 'Babes-Bolyai University' in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. During my PhD training, I had the chance to work with Dr. Tricia Striano in the 'Neurocognition and Development Group' at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. As a postdoctoral fellow I worked first with Dr. Petra Hauf at St. Francis Xavier University (Canada), and then with Dr. Chiara Turati at Milano-Bicocca University (Italy). In November 2012, I joined the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University as a lecturer.

Elena Geangu's Publications

In Press

Development of empathy during early childhood across cultures

Geangu, E. expected in 2015 The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Wright, J. D. (ed.). 2nd ed. ed. Elsevier

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2015

The effect of biomechanical properties of motion on infants' perception of goal directed grasping actions

Geangu, E., Senna, I., Croci, E. & Turati, C. expected in 01/2015 In : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 129, p. 55-67 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

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.e27132

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Emotions and social development in childhood

Denham, S., Warren, H., Salisch, M., Benga, O., Chin, J-C. & Geangu, E. 2011 The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of childhood social development. Smith, P. K. & Hart, C. H. (eds.). 2nd ed. ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 413-433 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2010

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Empathy Development - Insights from Early Years

Geangu, E. (ed.) 12/2009 In : Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary journal.13, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Empathy development - insights from early years: Introduction to the special issue

Geangu, E. 12/2009 In : Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary journal.13, 4, p. 363-366 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Research methodology and social cognition

Reid, V. & Geangu, E. 2009 Social cognition: development, neuroscience and autism. Striano, T. & Reid, V. (eds.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 17-34 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Elena Geangu's Activities

2012

Biological Psychology

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Emotion

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Experimental Brain Research

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Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

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PLoS ONE

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2011

Infancy

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Social Development

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2009

Early Education and Development

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Current Students

Research students currently supervised by Elena Geangu include: