My research broadly concerns early social and emotional development. In particular, I am interested in investigating how infants and toddlers develop the ability to resonate empathically with others, as well as how they develop a complex understanding of the fact that others’ behaviors are driven by mental states like emotions and intentions. To address these important issues in developmental psychology, my research program combines a variety of behavioral, neuroimaging and psychophysiology methods (e.g., EEG/ERP, eye-tracking, electrophysiology).
- Early empathy development
- The development of emotion information processing in infancy and toddlerhood
- Mental state understanding in infancy and toddlerhood
- Multi-sensory action processing in infancy
- 2017-2018, EPSRC IAA Researcher Mobility Grant – Technologies for studying human development in the wild (PI. Elena Geangu; Co-I. Hugo Gamboa – PluX)
- 2016-2020, European Commission ITN Grant. Project title: AFFECTIVA - Personalize Technologies for Mental Health. (CoInvestigator; PI. Sas Corina - Lancaster University).
- 2015-2016, British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant. Project Title: Infants facial muscular responses to static emotional expressions. PI. Geangu E. (£ 9994)
- 2013-2015, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Research Grant. Project Title: Investigating cross-cultural differences in emotional face processing in infancy. PI. Geangu E. (£ 2500).
- 2008-2009 - Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (NSERC Research Capacity Development Grant) (Awarded to Geangu E., 16.000 Canadian Dollars)
- 2007-2008 - Research Grant for Young PhD Students (CNCSIS – Romanian Ministry of Education) (100/100 points, Ranked 1st). Project Title: The development of empathy in infancy – contagious crying and its correlates. PI. Geangu E. (14700€).
- 2006 - DAAD Stipendienurkunde for young researchers (Awarded to Geangu E., 6275€).
- Dr. Sandra Sunram-Lea, Lancaster, UK
- Prof. Chiara Turati, Milan, Italy
- Dr. Ross Vanderwert, Cardiff, UK
- Dr. Quoc Vuong, IoN, Newcastle, UK
- Prof. Masami Yamaguchi, Tokyo, Japan
Available PhD research projects
I would be interested to supervise PhD students on research projects related to any of the broader topics listed above.