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Patrick Karl Bender

Patrick Karl Bender


I am a postdoctoral researcher and part of the research group "Centre for Psychological Cross-disciplinary and Applied Research" (PCARE).

My research interests lie within developmental psychology. I believe that both positive and negative developmental outcomes are the product of complex interactions among various, so-called risk and protective factors. Thus, in order to understand child and youth development, we need to develop an understanding of these interactions.

I have conducted research on children’s understanding of mind and emotion, as well as child and youth anxiety and its connections to emotional regulation and parent-child relations. My current research project, the Youth Gaming Project, focuses on the effects of gaming on various developmental outcomes in youths.

Primary fields of research

  • Developmental Psychology (e.g., Emotion Understanding, Theory of Mind)
  • Developmental Psychopathology (e.g., Anxiety, Learning Difficulties)
  • Gaming

Current research

Currently, my research time is devoted to the Youth Gaming Project (YGP). The YGP investigates the effects of gaming (playing electronic games) on social, health-related, and scholastic development in youth.

Project homepage (English):

Project homepage (Danish):

The YGP is financed via a grant from the Danish Council of Independent Research | Humanities (Grant ID: DFF – 4001-00116).

Selected publications

  1. Published

    The impact of attachment security and emotion dysregulation on anxiety in children and adolescents

    Bender, P. K., Sømhovd, M., Pons, F., Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L. & Esbjørn, B. H. 3 Apr 2015 In : Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. 20, 2, p. 189-204 16 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    The impact of abuse and learning difficulties on emotion understanding in late childhood and early adolescence

    Pons, F., De Rosnay, M., Bender, P. K., Doudin, P. A., Harris, P. L. & Giménez-Dasí, M. 2014 In : Journal of Genetic Psychology. 175, 4, p. 301-317 17 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Imaginary companions, theory of mind and emotion understanding in young children

    Giménez-Dasí, M., Pons, F. & Bender, P. K. 2016 In : European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 24, 2, p. 186-197

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    A Structural Assessment of the 30-Item Metacognitions Questionnaire for Children and Its Relations to Anxiety Symptoms

    Esbjørn, B. H., Sømhovd, M. J., Holm, J. M., Lønfeldt, N. N., Bender, P. K., Nielsen, S. K. K. & Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L. 2013 In : Psychological Assessment. 25, 4, p. 1211–1219 9 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Emotion dysregulation and anxiety in children and adolescents: Gender differences

    Bender, P. K., Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L., Esbjørn, B. H. & Pons, F. 2012 In : Personality and Individual Differences. 53, 3, p. 284-288 5 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published

    The development of anxiety disorders: Considering the contributions of attachment and emotion regulation

    Esbjørn, B. H., Bender, P. K., Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L., Munck, L. A. & Ollendick, T. H. Jun 2012 In : Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. 15, 2, p. 129-143 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  7. Published

    Do young children misunderstand their own emotions?

    Bender, P. K., Pons, F., Harris, P. L. & de Rosnay, M. 2011 In : European Journal of Developmental Psychology. 8, 3, p. 331-348

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  8. Published

    On the cognitive nature of emotions and the emotional nature of cognitions

    Pons, F., de Rosnay, M., Cuisinier, F. & Bender, P. K. 2010 Emotions in research and practice. Pons, F., de Rosnay, M. & Doudin, P-A. (eds.). Aalborg: Aalborg University Press, Ch. 1, p. 17-37

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

Selected activities

  1. Peer-reviewer for the Health Research Board (HRB, Ireland). (External organisation)

    Bender, P. K. (Member)
    Jan 2014Feb 2014

    Activity: MembershipMembership in review committee

  2. Journal of Mental Imagery (Journal)

    Bender, P. K. (Reviewer)
    2013 → …

    Activity: ResearchPeer review of manuscripts

  3. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment (Journal)

    Bender, P. K. (Reviewer)
    2013 → …

    Activity: ResearchPeer review of manuscripts

  4. Nordic Psychology (Journal)

    Bender, P. K. (Reviewer)
    2013 → …

    Activity: ResearchPeer review of manuscripts

  5. British Journal of Developmental Psychology (Journal)

    Bender, P. K. (Reviewer)
    2010 → …

    Activity: ResearchPeer review of manuscripts

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