Pascal VRTICKA PhD
Lecturer / Assistant Professor
Centre for Brain Sciences
Department of Psychology
University of Essex
Institute Website: https://www.essex.ac.uk/people/vrtic17905/pascal-vrticka
General Overview of my Research
My interdisciplinary research is situated at the interface between developmental psychology and social (cognitive affective) neuroscience. I focus on normal as well as disturbed functioning of the human social brain, with a special interest in social interaction, caregiving, and attachment. I use several state-of-the-art social neuroscience techniques, among which three neuroimaging methods: (functional) magnetic resonance imaging ([f]MRI), functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) hyperscanning, and electroencephalography (EEG). I combine these neuroimaging methods with biological assessments ([epi]genetics, blood and saliva samples regarding immune system functioning and telomere length measurement), psychological self-report questionnaires, behavioral testing (age-appropriate narrative measures of attachment), as well as video-ratings. My participants are adults, adolescents, as well as children, both female and male, and most recently parent-child dyads – both fathers and mothers with their young children.
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