Author Archives: Pascal Vrticka

Bio-Behavioral Synchrony during Parent-Child Interaction and its potential Link to Attachment

Social neuroscience, devoted to studying how biological systems implement social processes and behavior, has revealed crucial insights into the inherently social nature of humans. Most of the so far available findings, however, are derived from investigations examining biological processes and brain activation … Continue reading

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21st Century Attachment Theory and Research: Embracing a Social Neuroscience Approach

On November 29th 2018, Ross Thompson and Heidi Keller were invited to the 2. Wilhelm Wundt Dialog on the topic of “Attachment Theory: Past, Present and Future” at the University of Leipzig. First as speakers and then as discussants, they … Continue reading

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How does the human brain process social (versus nonsocial) emotional information? New evidence from an electroencephalography (EEG) study.

The human species is inherently social. From the moment of birth and throughout the entire life span, we depend on social interaction, care, and protection. This notion is nicely reflected by attachment theory and its derivative social defense theory. Both theories … Continue reading

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Towards the Epigenetics of Human Attachment

Attachment theory postulates that the establishment of attachment bonds represents an innate, biologically programmed behavior. Its biological function is to enhance the chances of survival in times of danger and need. Accordingly, (almost) all children become attached to survive. However, … Continue reading

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The insecurely attached brain: How early social interactions can shape adult brain function

This blog post first appeared on http://thepeoplesscience.org/ on October 29, 2016.     In a first review paper within the field, Patrik Vuilleumier and I recently proposed a model describing how attachment insecurities influence social brain function in healthy adults. It has … Continue reading

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Shyness and Humor Processing in Children

This blog post first appeared on http://thepeoplesscience.org/ on October 29, 2016.     Humor is a prototypical positive social human state. It acts as a social glue, facilitating the initiation and maintenance of social relationships. Humor could even serve as a tool … Continue reading

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Sex-Differences in Humor Processing: Potential Implications for Human Mate Choice?

This blog post first appeared on http://thepeoplesscience.org/ on October 29, 2016.     A good sense of humor is a highly valued human mate preference worldwide. If people are asked to rate the importance of various traits of a potential partner, humor … Continue reading

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