Current Students & Research Topics

Current Students & Research Topics

The following PhD, Master and Bachelor students are currently working with Dr Vrticka – sometimes (co-)supervised by other PIs – as part of the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment Lab (SoNeAt Lab):

Name / ProgrammeStudy LevelIn Affiliation WithTopic
1 PGT studentYear 4 – PS900 / PS934 project (2021)Department of Psychology, University of EssexVirtual study on attachment and smell
4 UG studentsYear 3 – PS300 research project (2020-2021)Department of Psychology, University of Essex (with Dr Silvia Rigato & Dr Helge Gillmeister)Mother-child interaction video coding & online study on social touch – both projects from an attachment theory perspective
Lara Puhlmann
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PhD (2015-present)
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International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity (IMPRS)Contemplative mental training and biological markers of well-being and health
Charlotte Schulz
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PhD (2017-present)
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University of Leipzig (Dr. Lars White) and the International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity (IMPRS)Brain anatomy and functional brain correlates of social exclusion in relation to childhood trauma & attachment
Mathilde Gallistl
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PhD (2019-present)
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University of Leipzig and the International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity (IMPRS; Prof. Dr. Veronika Engert)Attachment and bio-behavioral synchrony in romantic couples