Talks & Presentations

Talks & Presentations

Organized Conferences & Symposia

Virtual Conference Workshop – 70 Years of Attachment Research: A Multidisciplinary Social Neuroscience Perspective. August 12 – 13, 2020. The SoNeAt Workshop 2020, organised by SIRG SoNeAt president Dr Pascal Vrticka, brought together 150 attachment researchers from around the globe. During 8 keynotes by experts within the field as well as 10 plenary oral and 19 poster presentations from early career researchers, key concepts of attachment theory in association with social neuroscience as well as future avenues were discussed. For more information, see here.

•paEpsy (joint conference of the Sections Educational Psychology and Developmental Psychology of the German Psychological Society [DGPs]) 2019; September 9-12, Leipzig, Germany; Symposium on “Attachment Theory meets Social Neuroscience: The Biological and Brain Basis of Human Attachment”; Talk: “The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment.

Biennial International Attachment Conference (IAC) 2019; July 18-20, Vancouver, Canada. Invited symposium on “The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment”. 

•Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2019; March 21-23, Baltimore, USA; Symposium on “The Influence of Parent-Child Interaction on Child Development: a Multi-Modal Social Neuroscience Approach”. 

Annual meeting of the German Society of Psychology (DGPs) 2018; September 17-20, Frankfurt, Germany; Symposium on “The Quality of Social Interactions within Parent-Child and Adult-Dyads: What are the influencing Factors in the Context of Attachment Theory?”.

European Society for Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN) Annual Meeting 2018; July 19-22, 2018, Leiden, The Netherlands; Symposium on “The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment”.

Society for Social Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2012; October 11-12, 2012, New Orleans, USA; Symposium on “The Neuroscience of Maternal Attachment and Attachment Style”; Talk: “The Neural Substrates of Attachment Insecurity”.


Invited Talks

•Virtual Student Lecture; July 3, 2020; International Max Planck Research School Neurosciences, University of Göttingen; Talk: “The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment”.

•Virtual Conference Contribution; June 13, 2020; NeuroSync 2020; Talk: “Bio-behavioural synchrony and inter-brain coherence: an attachment perspective”. The talk is available as a YouTube video.

Symposium Contribution; June 7, 2019; Conference “Congrès Français de Psychiatrie et de Psychopathologie de l’Enfant et de l’Adolescent”; Arcachon, France; Talk: “Le cerveau bien attaché : Les neurosciences sociales de l’attachement”.

Talk; July 3, 2019; Prof. Dr. Stefanie Hoehl; Department of Developmental Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria; “The Social Neuroscience of Attachment: State-of-the-Art and Future Directions”.

•Kolloquium; April 16, 2019; Prof. Dr. Peter Zimmermann; Entwicklungspsychologie, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Deutschland; „Bindungstheorie und soziale Neurowissenschaft“.

•Keynote talk; May 18, 2019; Conference on “The Future of Neuroscience, Attachment and Mentalizing: from research to clinical practice“; University College London (UCL); “The Social Neuroscience of Attachment: State-of-the-Art and Future Directions”.

•Kolloquium; January 28, 2019; Prof. Dr. Ute Kunzmann; Entwicklungspsychologie, Fakultät für Fakultät für Biowissenschaften, Pharmazie und Psychologie, Universität Leipzig, Deutschland; „Bio-behavioral Synchrony and attachment in parent-child relationships“.

•Advisory Board Meeting “Neuroscience Underlying Child Development”; January 16-17, 2019; Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., New Brunswick, NJ, USA; “Social Neuroscience and Attachment Theory:​ The Study of Parent-Child Interaction and Child Development”.

•Guest Lecture; December 10, 2018; Fiebach Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Frankfurt, Germany; “Attachment and Social Neuroscience” (German title: “Bindung & Soziale Neurowissenschaft).

•Main Speaker; November 13, 2018; Why do we cooperate? – An interdisciplinary workshop organized by the Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development, University of Leipzig; “Attachment and Cooperation” (German title: “Bindung & Kooperation”). 

Guest Lecture; October 23, 2018; Lehrstuhl für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg; “Bindungstheorie und Soziale Neurowissenschaft”.

•Main Speaker; October 07, 2018; Visions in Science VII – Science and Society; Berlin; “Social Neuroscience”. 

•Talk; July 25, 2018; Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, UK; “Human Attachment: A combined Developmental Psychology and Social Neuroscience Perspective”.

•Research Colloquium; March 9, 2018; Department of Nursing, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic; “The Social Neuroscience of Attachment: State of the Art and Future Directions”.

•Research Colloquium; December 15, 2017; Prof. Dr. Kristina Musholt; Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development, University of Leipzig, Germany; “A Social Neuroscience Perspective on Attachment Theory: State of the Art and Future Directions”.

Vortragsreihe der Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik des Kindes- und Jugendalters; November 29, 2017; Dr. phil. Lars Otto White; Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik des Kindes- und Jugendalters, Universitätsklinikum Leipzig, Deutschland; „Das unsicher gebundene Gehirn“. 

•Neuroscience Seminar; July 17, 2017; Prof. Euiseok Hwang; Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology, Gwangju, South Korea; “Social Neuroscience: What can it tell us about individual social agents and synchrony between social agents?”.

•Kolloquium; 22. Juni 2017; Prof. Dr. Ute Kunzmann; Entwicklungspsychologie, Fakultät für Fakultät für Biowissen-schaften, Pharmazie und Psychologie, Universität Leipzig, Deutschland; „Entwicklungspsychologie, Bindungstheorie und angewandte Bindungsforschung“.

•Forschungskolloquium; 16. Mai 2017; Prof. Dr. med. Kai von Klitzing; Klinik für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik des Kindes/Jugendalters, Universitätsmedizin Leipzig; „Bindungstheorie & Soziale Neurowissenschaften: Fokus auf Jugendliche und Kinder“.

Research Colloquium; April 28, 2016; Prof. Dr. Annekathrin Schacht; Courant Research Center “Text Structures“, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany; “Attachment Theory: Origins, concepts and applied research in humans”.

•Kolloquium; Lehrstuhl für Entwicklungspsychologie & Pädagogische Psychologie, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany; April 21, 2015; Prof. Dr. Gottfried Spangler; “Eine neurowissenschaftliche Perspektive auf die Bindungstheorie”.

Séminaire de maîtrise de l’Orientation psychologie clinique (link); Office médico-pédagogique & Faculté de Psychologie, Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland; December 17, 2014; Prof. Martin Debbané; “Attachment and the Social Brain during Adolescence: Potential Links to Developmental Psychopathology”.

Research Colloquium; Courant Research Center “Text Structures“, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany; December 03, 2014; Prof. Dr. Annekathrin Schacht; “Emotion Perception in Humans: The Role of Valence / Intensity, Social Context, Novelty and Prediction (Error)”.

Fort-/Weiterbildung Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (PSA) und Klinik für Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie (PSY); October 14, 2014; Frau Dr. med. Anderssen-Reuster, Städtisches Krankenhaus Dresden-Neustadt, Dresden, Germany; “Das soziale Gehirn – Bindungstheorie im Rahmen der sozialen Neurowissenschaften”.

Laboratory Visit; January 13, 2014; Prof. Tania Singer; Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany; “Individual Differences in Social Emotion Processing”.

Behavioral Psychiatry & Neuroimaging Laboratory Lab Meeting; May 22, 2013; Dr. Martin Debbané and Prof. Stephan Eliez; University of Geneva, Switzerland; “The Neural Substrates of Mentalizing in Adolescence: Influence of Personality, Age, Sex and IQ”.

CISA Seminar Series; May 21, 2013; Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Geneva, Switzerland; “The Neural Basis of Humor Appreciation in Humans”.

Neuroscience Seminar; March 7, 2012; Prof. Jong-Seok Lee, Yonsei Institute of Convergence Technology, Yonsei University, Incheon, South Korea; “The Social Emotional Brain”.

Neuroscience Seminar; February 23, 2012; Prof Jin-Hun Sohn, Brain Research Institute, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea; “Emotion Recognition: About Social Influence, Personality, and Predictability”.

Laboratoy Visit; June 29-30, 2011; EOS-Klinik für Psychotherapie, Münster, Germany; “Die (Neuro)Biologischen Grundlagen des Menschlichen Bindungsverhaltens”.

Presentation & Round Table Discussion; March 18, 2011; “International Brain Awareness Week 2011“; Geneva, Switzerland; “Attachement parental et son influence sur le développement de l’enfant”.

Symposium Contribution; March 14, 2011; “Stress, the Social Brain and Psychopathology“; EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland; “Perception and Regulation of Social Emotions”.

Laboratory Visit; November 1-2, 2010; Prof. Sonia Bishop, Affective Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, UC Berkeley, CA, United States of America; “The Human Social Brain: Insights from Attachment and Appraisal Theories”.

Presentation & Round Table Discussion; September 15, 2010; Programme doctoral romand en Psychologie; University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland; “Psychologie et disciplines voisines: complémentarité, coopération ou compétition? Imagérie en Résonance Magnétique Fonctionnelle”.

Neuroscience Seminar; July 12, 2010; Prof. Jin-Hun Sohn, Brain Research Institute, Chungnam National University & ETRI, Daejeon, South Korea; “The Human Social Brain: Insights from Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience”.

Neuroscience Seminar; July 13, 2010; Prof Jin-Hun Sohn, Brain Research Institute, Chungnam National University & KRISS, Daejeon, South Korea; “Research on Emotions in Switzerland”.

Seminar in Biological Psychology; May 19, 2010; HU Berlin, Germany; “Shading Light into the Dark Matter of Social Neuroscience: How the Human Brain processes Social vs. Non-Social Information”.


Oral Conference Contributions

•The First official European Congress on Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment of EACLIPT 2019; October 31 – November 2, Dresden, Germany; Symposium contribution, Symposium: “Crucial elements of social understanding and relationship quality- implications for mental health”; Talk: “Inter-brain coherence during parent-child interaction: a new measure for relationship quality?”.

18th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) 2019; June 30-July 2, Vienna, Austria; Talk: “Does caregiver-child relationship quality predict bio-behavioral synchrony during collaborative problem solving? An fNIRS investigation” within the Symposium “Parenting, brain development and developmental psychopathology”. 

2019 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM); June 9-13, Rome, Italy; Oral session & poster presentation by Lara Puhlmann; Title: “Telomere length change over nine months relates to multimodal measures of brain structure”.

Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2019; March 21-23, Baltimore, USA; Talk: “The Neural Substrates of Attachment-Derived Internal Working Models (IWMs) across Human Development” within the Symposium “Attachment and social cognition – a bio-psychological perspective from infancy to early adulthood”.

Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE) conference; April 4-5, 2018, Glasgow, UK. Talk: “Spatio-Temporal Pattern of Appraising Social and Emotional Relevance: Evidence from Event-Related Brain Potentials”.

International Symposium for Affective Touch in Children and Adolescents (ISATCA); February 1-2, 2018, Dresden, Germany; Talk: “Epigenetic Modification of the Oxytocin and Glucocorticoid Receptor Genes is linked to Attachment Avoidance in young Adults”.

•Consortium of European Research on Emotion Conference 2014; March 27-28, 2014, Berlin, Germany; Symposium on “Attachment Insecurity and Social Emotion Perception”; Talk: “The Influence of Attachment Insecurity on Brain Activity during Social Emotion Perception”.

3rd Annual Stanford Postdoctoral Research Symposium: Empowering Future Leaders; October 11, 2013, Stanford University, CA, USA; “The influence of attachment style on social brain function”.

Society for Social Neuroscience (S4SN) Annual Meeting 2012; October 11-12, 2012, New Orleans, USA; Symposium on “The Neuroscience of Maternal Attachment and Attachment Style”; Talk: “The Neural Substrates of Attachment Insecurity”.

16th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology 2011; July 12-16, 2011; Stockholm, Sweden; “Angry Face or Tasty Cake? Interactive Processing of Valence and Social Content within the Human Amygdala”.

CIBM Research Day 2011; April 20, 2011; University of Geneva, Switzerland; “Amygdala response to facially expressed novelty and valence”.

Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE) Conference 2010; April 22 – 24, 2010; Lille, France; “How Attachment Style and Context modulate Emotion Elicitation and Regulation in the Processing of Social Stimuli”.

Annual Research Forum of the Swiss Center of Affective Sciences; March 22- 23, 2010; Geneva, Switzerland. “Relevance, Individual Differences, and Borderline Personality Disorder: Past Work inspiring Future Studies.”

Annual Research Forum of the Swiss Center of Affective Sciences; July 6 – 7, 2009; Geneva, Switzerland; “Differential Brain Activation during Regulation of Social and Non-Social Emotions”.

Samedi de l’UNIGE: “Le cerveau à livre ouvert”; March 23, 2009; Geneva, Switzerland; “Amour et Attachement dans le Cerveau”.

Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting (ABIM), January 11 – 15, 2009; Champéry, Switzerland; “Differential Brain Activation during Regulation of Social and Non-Social Emotions”.

Annual Research Forum of the Swiss Center of Affective Sciences; April 3, 2008; Geneva, Switzerland; “Influences of Adult Attachment on Social Appraisal and Emotion Regulation”.

Lemanic-Neurosciences Doctoral School Annual Meeting (LNAM), September 14 – 15, 2007; Les Diablerets, Switzerland; “Human amygdala and striatum activation during social appraisal is modulated by attachment style”.

Annual Research Forum of the Swiss Center of Affective Sciences; April 11 – 12 2007; Geneva, Switzerland; “Effects of social relevance and context on the perception of emotional facial expressions”.


Conference Posters

7th MindBrainBody (MBB) Symposium 2019, March 18-19, Berlin, Germany; Poster by Madison Long “Investigating the association between hypothalamic volume and attachment in fathers” & Poster by Sonja Sudimac “The neural correlates of social exclusion in fathers: is there an association with attachment?”.

Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development (BCCCD 2019); January 3-5, Budapest, Hungary; Poster by Trinh Nguyen “Bio-Behavioural Synchrony during Caregiver-Child Problem-Solving”.

International Attachment Conference (IAC) Biannual Meeting 2017, June 29 – July 1, 2017; London, UK: “The neural basis of trait attachment insecurity in adults, adolescents, and children”.

Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Annual Meeting 2016; June 26-30, 2016; Geneva, Switzerland: “Pain Analgesia induced by three Meditation-Based Instructions: Effects of a 9-Month Mental Training”.

Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Annual Meeting 2014; April 5-8, 2014; Boston, USA: “The Neural Basis of a Sense of Humor in Children”. Poster presented by Jessica Black. See here for a blog post by @CogNeuroNews about the poster content.

International Society for the Research on Emotion (ISRE) Biannual Meeting 2013; August 2-5, 2013; University of California Berkeley, California, USA: “Neural substrates of social appraisal in adolescence: The influence of personality, age, and sex”.

Research Day of the Centre d’Imagérie Biomédicale (CIBM) & Brain and Behavior Laboratory (BBL) 2013; May 22, 2013; University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland; “How an Insecure Attachment Style affects Brain Activity during Mentalizing in Adolescents”.

Implications of Research on the Neuroscience of Affect, Attachment and Social Cognition; May 18-19, 2013; The Psychoanalysis Unit, UCL, London, UK; “How an Insecure Attachment Style affects Brain Activity during Mentalizing in Adolescents”.

Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Annual Meeting 2013; April 13 – 16, 2008; San Francisco, USA; “Sex-Differences during Humor Appreciation in Child-Sibling Pairs”.

Society for Affective Neuroscience (SANS) Annual Meeting 2013; April 12-13, 2013; San Francisco, USA; “Humor Appreciation in Children: The Influence of Temperament, Age and IQ”.

Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting 2012; October 13-17, 2012; New Orleans, USA; “Human Amygdala Response to Dynamic Facial Expressions of Positive and Negative Surprise”.

Annual Research Forum of the Swiss Center of Affective Sciences; June 28, 2011; University of Geneva, Switzerland; “How the Human Amygdala processes Positive and Negative Surprised Faces: Is it all about Prediction Errors?”.

Implications of Research on the Neuroscience of Affect, Attachment and Social Cognition; May 6-7, 2011; The Psychoanalysis Unit, UCL, London; “First insights into the neural correlates of avoidant attachment style in healthy adults”.

The Social Brain: Evolution, development, psychopathology and future directions; April 12-13, 2011; MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, England; “Lateralized interactive encoding of valence and social content within the human amygdala”.

Annual Research Forum of the Swiss Center of Affective Sciences; February 14, 2011; Geneva, Switzerland; “Lateralized Valence and Social Content Processing within the Human Amygdala”.

4th Annual Meeting of the Social & Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS); October 29 – 21, 2010; Chicago, IL, United States of America; “Interactive Encoding of Emotional and Social Relevance within the Human Amygdala”.

Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting (ABIM), January 10 – 14, 2010; Champéry, Switzerland; “The Influence of Adult Attachment Style on the Experience and Regulation of Social Emotions: a fMRI Study”.

Lemanic-Neurosciences Doctoral School Annual Meeting (LNAM), November 27, 2009; Morges, Switzerland; “The Influence of Adult Attachment Style on the Experience and Regulation of Social Emotions: a fMRI Study”.

Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS) Forum, July 12 – 16, 2008; Geneva, Switzerland; “Making friends or foes: neural correlates of social memory”.

Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Annual Meeting 2008; April 12 – 15, 2008; San Francisco, United States of America; “Human amygdala and striatum activation during social appraisal is modulated by attachment style”.

Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting (ABIM), January 13 – 17, 2008; Champéry, Switzerland; “Memory for friends or foes: Neural correlates of implicit affective person knowledge in face perception”.

Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting (ABIM), January 14 – 19, 2007; Champéry, Switzerland; “How context significance can change perception of facial expressions and subsequent memory: a fMRI study”.

Lemanic-Neurosciences Doctoral School Annual Meeting (LNAM), September 8 – 9, 2006; Les Diablerets, Switzerland; “How context significance can change perception of facial expressions and subsequent memory: a fMRI study”.