Dr Pascal Vrticka (PhD, FHEA)

Dr Pascal Vrticka (PhD, FHEA)

Bio

Dr Pascal Vrticka is a social neuroscientist with strong ties to developmental & social psychology.

He currently is an Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Essex (Colchester, UK).

Dr Vrticka held previous positions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig, Germany), Stanford School of Medicine (California, USA), and University of Geneva (Geneva, Switzerland).

Roles

Dr Vrticka is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment (SoNeAt) Lab.

He furthermore is the Coordinating Board President of the Special Interest Research Group for the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment (SIRG SoNeAt) within the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS), where he also is an associate member of the coordinating board.

Dr Vrticka also is a trustee of the UK Charity Babygro.

Research

Dr Pascal Vrticka’s research focuses on the psychological, behavioural, biological, and brain basis of human social interaction, attachment, and caregiving. He is advancing a new area of research: the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment (SoNeAt).

Dr Vrticka combines traditional attachment tools with state-of-the-art social neuroscience methods, particularly (f)MRI, EEG and fNIRS hyperscanning, most recently with a special focus on parent-child interaction including fathers.

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Recent Highlights

TEDx University of Essex 2022 Talk
Caring Dads: The Making of Involved and Confident Fathers

A new website section is now available specifically dedicated to the social neuroscience of attachment and caregiving in fathers. Hopefully, the provided content can serve as an important resource for dads, mums, families, teachers, practitioners and many more.

Nowadays, dads are spending more time involved in caregiving activities than ever before. Emerging social neuroscience evidence shows that dads (like mums) are biologically wired to become parents – important changes happen in men’s body and brain when they become fathers. At the same time, dads (like mums) are made, not born – the neurobiological machinery needs to be put into action, fine-tuned and constantly updated. We thus must ensure that dads have as much time as possible to interact and bond with their kids and that dads feel rewarded by and confident about their new role as parents.

More information is available here

New Caring Dads Website Section
Social Neuroscience of Attachment & Caregiving in Fathers

A new website section is now available specifically dedicated to the social neuroscience of attachment and caregiving in fathers. Hopefully, the provided content can serve as an important resource for dads, mums, families, teachers, practitioners and many more.

Nowadays, dads are spending more time involved in caregiving activities than ever before. Emerging social neuroscience evidence shows that dads (like mums) are biologically wired to become parents – important changes happen in men’s body and brain when they become fathers. At the same time, dads (like mums) are made, not born – the neurobiological machinery needs to be put into action, fine-tuned and constantly updated. We thus must ensure that dads have as much time as possible to interact and bond with their kids and that dads feel rewarded by and confident about their new role as parents.

More information is available here


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TEDx 2022

Dr Pascal Vrticka’s 2022 TEDx
University of Essex Talk

SoNeAt Lab

The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment Lab (SoNeAt Lab): How to become involved (prospective students), current students & research topics, and student alumni & research topics

SIRG SoNeAt

Description of the Special Interest Research Group (SIRG) on the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment (SoNeAt) within SEAS

Teaching

Dr Pascal Vrticka’s current and past teaching

The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment

Description of SoNeAt Lab’s main field of research

Caring Dads

Special focus on fathers and the father-child relationship from a combined social neuroscience and attachment perspective

Research Methods

Experimental methods used within
the SoNeAt Lab

Collaboration Partners

International collaboration partners of the SoNeAt Lab

Publications

List of Dr Pascal Vrticka’s publications

Talks & Presentations

List of Dr Pascal Vrticka’s talks and
other presentations
check out the recordings &
posters available online

Grants & Awards

List of grants and Aawards Dr Pascal Vrticka has received

Curriculum Vitae

Dr Pascal Vrticka’s short biography & curriculum vitae

Blog

Dr Pascal Vrticka’s blog posts

Press

Press reports about SoNeAt Lab’s research

Babygro Book for Parents

Free book for parents – including dads – based on Dr Vrticka’s functional neuro-anatomical model of human attachment (NAMA)


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Latest Blog Posts

Attachment theory: what people get wrong about pop psychology’s latest trend for explaining relationships

In his newest post for The Conversation UK, Dr Vrticka looks into the recent confusion surrounding attachment theory. Unfortunately, since its development by John Bowlby about 70 years ago, several parallel versions of attachment theory emerged within many different domains (developmental and social psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry as well as child welfare practice, etc.), with little…

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Are Dads Wired Differently – The Truth About Becoming A Dad

Dr Pascal Vrticka is very happy to share his most recent blog post for Dadvengers: Are Dads Wired Differently – The Truth About Becoming A Dad. Many thanks for giving me the unique opportunity to write about this very important and timely issue. In Dr Vrticka’s blog post, he describes the most recent social neuroscience research on human fatherhood and what it means…

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Why Attachment Matters in Social Neuroscience

Dr Pascal Vrticka has written a new blog post for Scottish Attachment in Action, a UK registered charity since 2015 with a Board of Trustees consisting of practitioners, parents and carers that represent their mission that ‘Attachment Matters for All’. In his blog post, Dr Vrticka explains the growing interest in better understanding the neurobiological…

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Auf der gleichen Wellenlänge – verstehen sich Eltern und Kinder besser durch Gleichklang im Gehirn?

Wir lassen uns oft vom Verhalten anderer „anstecken“ – klassische Beispiele dafür sind Gähnen oder Lachen. Neue Forschungsergebnisse zeigen auf, dass eine solche „Ansteckung“ sogar im Gehirn beobachtet werden kann. Modernste bildgebende Verfahren offenbaren, dass Gleichklang im Gehirn für das Verstehen anderer wichtig ist, und das bereits im Kindesalter. In diesem Artikel beschreiben wir, wie…

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Is your brain securely attached? A social neuroscience perspective on attachment

Attachment theory was developed by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth here in the UK about seventy years ago. Since then, it has become one of the most comprehensive psychology frameworks describing how we initiate and maintain social relationships across the life span. Attachment theory nowadays is omnipresent – in popular books, social media posts, magazines…

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