Yung-Ting Tsou


Yung-Ting Tsou is a postdoc researcher. Since August 2021, her work within the University of Twente involves coordinating the new research lines and collaborations that are formed in the context of the VU-UT joint research programme Creating Smart Societies. Yung-Ting is also conducting postdoc research on the NWO-funded “Breaking the cycle” project at Developmental and Education Psychology, Leiden University. This project aims to create better social inclusion of autistic children in schools, by addressing the physical and social environments surrounding autistic children. In the project she uses new technologies such as smart sensing, together with other existing methods in the behavioral sciences, to objectively and unobtrusively measure children’s social interactions at schoolyards.

Yung-Ting’s research focuses on how emotional, social, and linguistic information is perceived, accessed, and processed by children with communicative barriers, such as children with hearing loss, autism, or Developmental Language Disorder. She uses a multi-method approach that includes eye tracking, psychophysiological measures, observations, questionnaires, and wearable sensor technology.


Yung-Ting received her master degree in Linguistics from Leiden University in 2012. After that, she worked in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, and did research on language and social development of children with hearing loss. In 2016, she joined the Focus on Emotions Lab at Leiden University, and obtained her PhD in November 2020. Her PhD research focused on emotion processing in deaf and hard-of-hearing children, using eye tracking and psychophysiological measurements.



Takamatsu, R., Tsou, Y.T., Kusumi, T., & Rieffe, C. (2021). The Japanese Empathy Questionnaire (EmQue) for preschool children: Psychometric properties and measurement invariance across gender. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 45(5), 453-462. Doi: 10.1177/01650254211022852.

Tsou, Y.T., Li, B., Eichengreen, A., Frijns, J.H.M., & Rieffe, C. (2021). Emotions in deaf and hard-of-hearing and typically hearing children. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education., 26(4), 469-482. Doi: 10.1093/deafed/enab022.

Tsou, Y.T., Li, B., Kret, M.E., Frijns, J.H.M., & Rieffe, C. (2021). Hearing status affects children's emotion understanding in dynamic social situations: An eye-tracking study. Ear and Hearing, 42(4): 1024-1033. Doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000994.

Tsou, Y.T., Li, B., Wiefferink, C.H., Frijns, J.H.M., & Rieffe, C. (2021). The developmental trajectory of empathy and its association with early symptoms of psychopathology in children with and without hearing loss. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 49(9), 1151-1164. Doi: 10.1007/s10802-021-00816-x.


Tsou, Y.T. (2020). Navigating the world of emotions: Social information processing in children with and without hearing loss. Doctoral dissertation, Leiden University. Available at:


Hwang, C.F., Ko, H.C., Tsou, Y.T., Chan, K.C., Fang, H.Y., & Wu, C.M. (2016). Comparisons of auditory performance and speech intelligibility after cochlear implant reimplantation in Mandarin-speaking users. BioMed Research International, 2016, 8962180.


Wu, C.M., Ko, H.C., Tsou, Y.T., Lin, Y.H., Lin, J.L., Chen, C.K., Chen, P.L., & Wu, C.C. (2015). Long-term cochlear implant outcomes in children with GJB2 and SLC26A4 mutations. PLoS ONE, 10, e0138575.

Wu, C.M., Ko, H.C., Chen, Y.A., Tsou, Y.T., & Chao, W.C. (2015). Written language ability in Mandarin-speaking children with cochlear implants. BioMed Research International, 2015, 282164.

Chao, W.C., Lee L.A., Liu, T.C., Tsou, Y.T., Chan K.C., & Wu, C.M. (2015). Behavior problems in children with cochlear implants. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 79, 648-653.

Wu, C.M., Lee, L.A., Chen, C.K., Chan, K.C., Tsou, Y.T., & Ng, S.H. (2015). Impact of cochlear nerve deficiency determined using three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging on hearing outcome in children with cochlear implants. Otology and Neurotology, 36, 14-21.


Fang, H.Y., Ko, H.C., Wang, N.M., Fang, T.J., Chao, W.C., Tsou, Y.T., & Wu, C.M. (2014). Auditory performance and speech intelligibility of Mandarin-speaking children implanted before age 5. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 78, 799-803.

Hsu, H.W., Fang, T.J., Lee, L.A., Tsou, Y.T., Chen, S.H., & Wu, C.M. (2014). Multidimensional evaluation of vocal quality in children with cochlear implants: a cross-sectional, case-controlled study. Clinical Otolaryngology, 39, 32-38.

Ko, H.C., Liu, T.C., Lee, L.A., Chao, W.C., Tsou, Y.T., Ng, S.H., & Wu, C.M. (2013). Timing of surgical intervention with cochlear implant in patients with large vestibular aqueduct syndrome. PLoS ONE, 8, e81568.

Liu, S.Y., Yu, G., Lee, L.A., Liu, T.C., Tsou, Y.T., Lai, T.J., & Wu, C.M. (2014). Audiovisual speech perception at various presentation levels in Mandarin-speaking adults with cochlear implants. PLoS ONE, 9, e107252.

Wu, C.M., Lee, L.A., Chao, W.C., Tsou, Y.T., & Chen, Y.A. (2014). Paragraph-reading comprehension ability in Mandarin-speaking children with cochlear implants. Laryngoscope, 125, 1449-1455.