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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 for society. He explains that until quite recently, men were seen as being wired differently, as not being biologically born to be parents. New findings – also from his SoNeAt Lab -, however, show that there is no “mum brain” or “dad brain”, that there only is the “caregiving brain”. Nevertheless, there is one additional factor that outshines everything else: practice. Because dads are made, not born. All men have what it takes to become involved, confident and caring fathers. If they are just given the opportunity to do so.

The full blog can be accessed here:

More information about Dr Vrticka’s lab’s research and other resources on “Caring Dads” can be found here:

Dr Pascal Vrticka is a social neuroscientist with strong ties to developmental & social psychology. His research focuses on the psychological, behavioural, biological, and brain basis of human social interaction, attachment and caregiving. Besides measuring neurobiological responses to different kinds of social versus non-social information in single participants using (functional) magnetic resonance imaging ([f]MRI) and electroencephalography (EEG), Dr Vrticka most recently started to assess bio-behavioural synchrony in interacting pairs using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) hyperscanning. The main question thereby is how romantic partners and parents with their children get “in sync” when they solve problems together or talk to each other. Dr Vrticka furthermore relates the obtained individual and dyadic behavioural, biological, and brain measures to interindividual differences in relationship quality – particularly attachment and caregiving. In doing so, he refers to attachment theory that provides a suitable theoretical framework on how we initiate and maintain interpersonal relationships across the life span. With his research, Dr Vrticka is promoting a new area of investigation: the social neuroscience of human attachment.

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