João Daniel

Integrated Member
Social Development Team

João Daniel main research focus is on the processes that promote social adaptation, particularly in preschool children. In the past years he has mostly studied the mechanisms behind social network dynamics of preschool children to understand what drives the formation of positive and negative relationships between peers. More recently, he started a new line of research to study how people perceive the pattern of interpersonal relationships around them and how individual differences in these perceptions emerge from early social experiences. A small part of his research time is also dedicated to creating computational tools that streamline data wrangling tasks.

Main 5 publications

Daniel, J. R., Silva, R. R., Santos, A. J., Cardoso, J., Coelho, L., Freitas, & Ribeiro, O. (2017). Perception accuracy of affiliative relationships in elementary school children and young adolescents. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1936. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01936
Daniel, J. R., Santos, A. J., Antunes, M., Fernandes, M., & Vaughn, B. E. (2016). Co-evolution of friendships and antipathies: A longitudinal study of preschool peer groups. Frontiers in Psychology, 7,1509. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01509
Daniel, J. R., Santos, A. J., Peceguina, I., & Vaughn, B. E. (2015). Affiliative structures and social competence in Portuguese preschool children. Developmental Psychology, 51, 905-912. doi:10.1037/a0039425
Daniel, J. R., Santos, A. J., Peceguina, I., & Vaughn, B. E. (2013). Exponential random graph models of preschool affiliative networks. Social Networks, 35, 25-30. doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2012.11.002