July 10, 2019:
Congratulations to Madison Long for successfully submitting her Master thesis with the title “Connecting Inter-Individual Differences in Attachment to Hypothalamic Volume in Fathers” as part of a cooperation between Leiden University, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognition and Brain Sciences (Leipzig, Germany). I am very much looking forward to the final paper that will hopefully soon emerge from this work.
June 19, 2019:
I am pleased to announce an invited symposium on “The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment” at this year’s International Attachment Conference (IAC) from July 18-20 in Vancouver, Canada. The symposium will be featuring contributions by Nicole Letourneau (University of Calgary, Canada), David W. Haley (University of Toronto, Canada), Lane Strathearn (University of Iowa, USA), and myself.
I am also very happy to announce that at this occasion, I will have the privilege of launching a new Special Interest Research Group (SIRG) on the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment (SoNeAt) within the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS). More information will follow shortly.
June 19, 2019:
I can present our collaborative fNIRS hyperscanning research on parent-child interaction in the form of a symposium contribution (S-64) entitled “Parenting, brain development and developmental psychopathology” at this year’s 18th Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP). My contribution is entitled: “Does caregiver-child relationship quality predict bio-behavioral synchrony during collaborative problem solving? An fNIRS investigation“.
March 13, 2019:
Congratulations to Lara Puhlmann who had one of her PhD projects on the association between brain structure and telomere length fluctuations over nine months accepted as both a poster presentation and oral presentation at this year’s Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) annual meeting 2019 (June 9-13 in Rome). Awesome!
March 04, 2019:
I can present our recently published fNIRS hyperscanning data in mother-child-dyads in association with attachment acquired at Stanford University (see also my recent blog) at this year’s 3rd Brain Twitter Conference (https://brain.tc/; #brainTC) with the overarching topic “neuroscience making an impact” on March 14 . The slot for my presentation is 11:15 am UTC. Here is a link to the presentation.
February 15, 2019:
Congratulations to Sonja Sudimac for successfully defending her Master thesis today (in collaboration with the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern). Sonja worked on fMRI data from our D-CARE study investigating the neural correlates of attachment in fathers. All the best for the future!
December 26, 2018:
A new Paper entitled “Inter-Brain Synchrony in Mother-Child Dyads During Cooperation: An fNIRS Hyperscanning Study” authored by Jonas Miller, myself, Xu Cui, Sharon Shrestha, Hadi Hosseini, Joe Baker & Allan Reiss (CIBSR, Stanford University) has just been accepted in the journal Neuropsychologia. More information will follow soon (the paper can be downloaded from my publications page; see also my blog post about this project).
December 20, 2018:
A Conference Sympsium co-organized by myself and Stefanie Hoehl with the title “The Influence of Parent-Child Interaction on Child Development: a Multi-Modal Social Neuroscience Approach” with presentations by Cat Thrasher (University of Virginia), Victoria Leong (University of Singapore & University of Cambridge), and Trinh Nguyen (University of Vienna) has been accepted for next year’s biennial SCRD meeting in Baltimore. My own contribution has the title: “Towards a Social Neuroscience of Parent-Child Interaction: An Attachment Perspective“. More information will follow.
December 20, 2018:
A Conference Sympsium Contribution with the title “The Neural Substrates of Attachment-Derived Internal Working Models (IWMs) across Human Development” by myself, Allan Reiss (Stanford University), and Martin Debbane (University of Geneva) has been accepted for next year’s biennial SCRD meeting in Baltimore as part of the Symposium “Attachment and social cognition – a bio-psychological perspective from infancy to early adulthood” chaired by Anne Tharner and Lars White. More information will follow.
December 13, 2018:
Two Conference Poster Presentations by my Master students Madison Long and Sonja Sudimac on (f)MRI data being acquired within the context of our collaborative D-CARE study have been accepted for next year’s 7th MindBrainBody Symposium to be held from March 18-19, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Madison and Sonja will be presenting data on associations between attachment and brain structure & activity in fathers.
November 27, 2018:
A Conference Poster Presentation showcasing the first results of our collaborative CARE fNIRS study (by Trinh Nguyen, Ezgi Kayan, Hanna Schleihauf, Daniel Matthes, myself, and Stefanie Hoehl) was accepted at next year’s Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development (BCCCD 2019) from January 3-5, 2019. The title of the presentation will be: “Bio-Behavioural Synchrony during Caregiver-Child Problem-Solving“.
September 26, 2018:
A new Longitudinal Cohort Study – Project Alpha – has been set up by my collaboration partner Tsachi Ein-Dor in Israel, financed by private funding. 1’500 young couples will be followed, including pregnancy and child development, and several variables related to relationship quality & satisfaction as well as child development will be acquired over a duration of several years, including epigenetics. More news will follow shortly.
September 26, 2018:
A new International Collaboration Research Project with Willem Verbeke, Tsachi Ein-Dor, Michal Mokry, Marinus van IJzendoorn, and Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg can take place in 2018/2019 at Erasmus University Rotterdam assessing a subset of the data acquired within the longitudinal Dutch Generation R Study. A special focus will be directed towards genetic and longitudinal epigenetic data in over 600 children in combination with their attachment orientation classification at age 14 months using the strange situation paradigm.
September 10, 2018:
A new Research Project financed by the Max Planck Society on mother-child-interaction (M-CARE) can take place during the year 2019 at the MPI CBS in Leipzig, Germany. Methods will comprise behavioral assessment plus fMRI, fNIRS, and ECG in 60 mother-child-pairs with children aged 5 years.
August 21, 2018:
A new Open Access Paper entitled “Spatio-Temporal Pattern of Appraising Social and Emotional Relevance: Evidence from Event-Related Brain Potentials” authored by Annekathrin Schacht (University of Göttingen, Germany), and myself, has been published online in the journal Cognitive, Affective, and BehavioralNeuroscience. It can be downloaded here.
July 07, 2018:
I was invited as a Keynote Speaker to the conference “The Future of Neuroscience, Attachment and Mentalizing: from research to clinical practice” to be held on May 18 and 19, 2019, at University College London. This conference will be one of the first conferences to explicitly focus on the application of neuroscience and neurobiology to clinical issues. Another aim of the conference is further exchange between practitioners and leading experts in affective neuroscience. More information is available here.