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Elisa Socioemocional

Welcome to the ELISA Socioemotional project

This line of work aims to contribute to the growth of the ELISA Project, with a specific focus on emotional processing, expression, and recognition.

The information gathered through the ELISA Project highlights the importance of emotions in the healthy development of children, aligning with international scientific evidence regarding the role of emotion processing and identification as the foundation for emotional management and regulation processes.

As a result, the Elisa Socioemotional project is born, entailing the incorporation of children as the center of the evaluation process to better understand the development of different socioemotional skills, as well as the impact they can have on their future development.

General purpose

To understand how children express, process, and recognize emotions.

What does participation in ELISA Socioemotional involve?

The assessment of socioemotional skills takes place in the educational centers, where children, individually, perform the following tasks:

  • Emotional expression through natural language: A series of pictures (scenes) representing different stories are presented; the task involves narrating in their own words what is happening, imagining an ending for each story, as if they were one of the main characters.

  • Emotional recognition: Identifying the expressed emotion (joy, sadness, fear, anger, or neutral) in a series of faces presented on a screen.

  • Emotional processing and empathetic response: Passive viewing of scenes from the movies The Lion King and Aladdin. At the end of each scene, participants must indicate how the protagonist felt and how they themselves felt. This task is complemented by viewing a series of images with emotional content.

With this information, we hope to advance our understanding of child and adolescent development, focusing on a key component—socioemotional development—and its impact on the behavioral, emotional, and psychosocial adjustment of our youth.

This research is carried out in collaboration with the Developmental Psychopathology Lab ( at the University of Cyprus, which has extensive experience in the assessment of emotion processing and recognition in children and adolescents. Similarly, the evaluation of emotional expression through natural language is conducted in collaboration with the Information Technologies Group at the University of Vigo.

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Proyectos RYC2021-032890-I y TED2021-130824B-C22 financiados por: