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Preprints / Registered Reports / Under Review:

Puhlmann, L.*; Vrtička, P.*; Linz, R.; Stalder, T.; Kirschbaum, C.; Engert, V.; Singer, T. (under review)Differential beneficiary effects of contemplative mental training on hair cortisol concentration and self-reported chronic stress: A randomized clinical trial.

van Assche, M., Simioni, S., Vrtička, P., Sander, D., Schluep, M., Vuilleumier, P. (under review). Neuroimaging of emotional dysregulation in multiple sclerosis: relationship with alexithymia

Puhlmann, L. M. C., Engert, V., Apostolakou, F., Papassotiriou, I., Chrousos, G., Vrtička, P.*, Singer, T.* (under review). Healthy adults show no change in chronic inflammation after contemplative mental training: A randomized clinical trial. (*= these authors share senior authorship)

Miller, J., Shrestha, S., Reiss, A. L., Vrtička, P. (under review). Neural Bases of Social Feedback Processing and Self-Other Distinction in Late Childhood: The Role of Attachment and Age.

Nguyen, T., Kayhan, E., Schleihauf, H., Matthes, D., Vrtička, P., Hoehl, S. (under review). The effects of interaction quality on neural synchrony during mother-child problem solving

Long, M., Verbeke, W., Ein-Dor, T., Vrtička, P. (under review). A Functional Neuro-Anatomical Framework of Human Attachment: Insights from First- and Second-Person Social Neuroscience

White, L. O., Bornemann, B., Crowley, M. J., Sticca, F., Vrtička, P., Stadelmann, S., Klein, A. M., & von Klitzing, K. (under review). The heart of the internal working model: Children with more positive mother representations show greater heart rate deceleration during peer exclusion.

Accepted / In Press / Published:


Puhlmann, L., Valk, S., Engert, V., Bernhardt, B., Lin, J., Epel, E., Vrtička, P.*, Singer, T*. (2019).   Association of Short-term Change in Leukocyte Telomere Length With Cortical Thickness and Outcomes of Mental Training Among Healthy Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial.JAMA Network Open. Sep 4;2(9):e199687. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.9687. (*=these authors share senior authorship). OPEN ACCESS  [link]

Puhlmann, L. M. C., Linz, R., Valk, S. M., Vrtička, P., der Wael, R. V., Bernasconi, A., Bernasconi, N., Caldairou, B., Papassotiriou, I., Chrousos, G. P., Bernhardt, B. C., Singer, T., Engert, V. (Stage 1 accepted August 22, 2019). The association between hippocampal structure and serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in healthy adults: a registered reportNeuroImage (Special Issue on “Registered Reports in Neuroimaging“). REGISTERED REPORT [link to OSF page]

Miller, J.*, Vrtička, P.*, Cui, X., Shrestha, S., Hosseini, H., Baker, J., Reiss A. (2019; available online December 21st 2018).  Inter-brain synchrony in mother-child dyads during cooperation: An fNIRS hyperscanning study. Neuropsychologia, Volume 124, 18 February 2019, Pages 117-124. [link / supplement]

Dubourg, L., Vrtička, P., Pouillard, V., Eliez, S., Schneider, M. (2019; published online July 15). Divergent default mode network connectivity during social perception in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 291, pp. 9-17. [link]

Przyrembel, M.*, Vrtička, P.*, Engert, V., & Singer, T. (2019). Loving-Kindness-Meditation – A Queen of Hearts? A Physio-Phenomenological Investigation on the Variety of Experience. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 26, 7-8, pp. 95-129. (*= these authors share first authorship). [link]

Burra, N., Massait, S., Vrtička, P. (2019). Differential impact of trait, social, and attachment anxiety on the stare-in-the-crowd effect. Scientific Reports, Volume 9, Article number: 1797. OPEN ACCESS  [link]


•Schacht, A., Vrtička, P. (2018). Spatio-Temporal Pattern of Appraising Social and Emotional Relevance: Evidence from Event-Related Brain Potentials. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 18:6, pp. 1172-1187. DOI: 10.3758/s13415-018-0629-x. OPEN ACCESS [link]

•Ein-Dor, T., Verbeke, W.J.M.I., Mokry, M., Vrtička, P. (2018; first published online March 7). Epigenetic Modification of the Oxytocin and Glucocorticoid Receptor Genes is linked to Attachment Avoidance in young Adults. Attachment & Human Development. DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2018.1446451. OPEN ACCESS [link]

•Dubourg, L., Vrtička, P., Debbane, M., Chambaz, L., Eliez, S., Schneider, M. (2018; first published online March 26). Neural correlates of socio-emotional perception in 22q11.2 deletion syndromeJournal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 10:13. DOI: 10.1186/s11689-018-9232-2. OPEN ACCESS [link]

•Lumma, A.-L., Valk, S., Böckler-Raettig, A., Vrtička, P., Singer, T. (2018; published online March 13).  Change in Emotional Self-Concept following Socio-Cognitive Training relates to Structural Plasticity of the Prefrontal Cortex. Brain and Behavior, 2018;e00940. DOI: 10.1002/brb3.940. OPEN ACCESS [link]


Vrtička, P., Favre, P., & Singer, T. (2017). Compassion and the brain. In: Compassion: Concepts, Research and Applications. Editor: Paul Gilbert. Routledge; 1st edition. [link]

Vrtička, P. (2017; first published online 04 November 2017).  The Social Neuroscience of Attachment. In: Neuroscience and Social Science: The missing Link, pp. 95-119. Editors: Agustín Ibáñez, Lucas Sedeño, and Adolfo M. García. Springer International Publishing. [link]

•Lumma, A.-L., Böckler-Raettig, A., Vrtička, P., Singer, T. (published online March 5, 2017). Who am I? Differential Effects of Three Contemplative Mental Trainings on Emotional Word Use in Self-Descriptions. Self and Identity, 16(5), 607-628. OPEN ACCESS [link]

•Debbane, M., Badoud, D., Sander, D., Eliez, S., Luyten, P., & Vrtička, P. (2017; published online February 6).  Brain activity underlying negative self-and other-perception in adolescents: The role of attachment-derived self-representations. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 17(3), 554-576. doi:10.3758/s13415-017-0497-9. OPEN ACCESS [link]


•Baker, J., Liu, N., Cui, X., Vrtička, P., Saggar, M., Hosseini, H., Reiss, AL. (2016). Sex differences in neural and behavioral signatures of cooperation revealed by fNIRS hyperscanningScientific Reports 6 (Article n° 26492), doi: 10.1038/srep26492. OPEN ACCESS [link]

•Saggar, M.*, Vrtička, P.*, Reiss, AL. (2016; Available online November 2, 2015). Understanding the influence of personality on dynamic social gesture processing: an fMRI studyNeuropsychologia, Jan 8;80:71-8.
doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.10.039. (*= equal contributors) [pdf]


Vrtička, P., Sander, D., Anderson, B., Badoud, D., Eliez, S., Debbane, M. (2014; Available online July 23, 2014). Social Feedback Processing from Early to Late Adolescence: Influence of Sex, Age, and Attachment Style. Brain and Behavior 4(5):703-720. OPEN ACCESS [link]

•Debbane, M., Vrtička, P., Lazouret, M., Badoud, D., Sander, D., Eliez, S. (2014).  Self-reflection and positive schizotypy in the adolescent brain. Schizophrenia Research, Jan;152(1):65-72. [link]

Vrtička, P., Lordier, L., Bediou, B., Sander, D. (2014; Available online November 11, 2013). Human amygdala response to dynamic facial expressions of positive and negative surprise. Emotion 14(1):161-9. [pdf]


Vrtička, P.*, Black, J.*, Reiss, A. (2013). The neural basis of humour processing. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 14, 860-868. (*= equal contributors). [link]

Vrtička, P., Simioni, S., Fornari, E., Schluep, M., Vuilleumier, P., & Sander, D. (2013). Neural Substrates of Social Emotion Regulation: A fMRI study on Imitation and Expressive Suppression to Dynamic Facial Signals. Frontiers in Psychology – Emotion Science, 4:95. OPEN ACCESS [link]

Vrtička, P., Neely, M., Walter-Shelly, E., Black, J., Reiss, A. (2013).   Sex-differences during Humor Appreciation in Child-Sibling Pairs. Social Neuroscience, 8(4), 291-304. [link]

Vrtička, P., Black, J., Neely, M., Walter-Shelly, E., Reiss, A. (2013). Humor Processing in Children: Influence of Temperament, Age and IQ. Neuropsychologia, 51(13):2799-2811. [pdf]

Vrtička, P., Sander, D., & Vuilleumier, P. (2013). Lateralized Interactive Social Content and Valence Processing within the Human Amygdala. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6:358. OPEN ACCESS [link]


Vrtička, P. (2012). Interpersonal Closeness and Social Reward Processing. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(37):12649-12650. [pdf]

Vrtička, P., Sander, D., & Vuilleumier, P. (2012).  The Influence of Adult Attachment Style on the Perception of Social and Nonsocial Emotional Scenes. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 29(4), 530-544. [pdf]

Vrtička, P., Bondolfi, G., Sander, D., & Vuilleumier, P. (2012).  The Neural Substrates of Social Emotion Perception and Regulation are modulated by Adult Attachment Style. Social Neuroscience, 7(5):473-93. [pdf]

Vrtička, P., Vuilleumier, P. (2012; Review).   Neuroscience of Human Social Interactions and Adult Attachment Style. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6:212.OPEN ACCESS [link]


Vrtička, P., Sander, D., & Vuilleumier, P. (2011).  Effects of Emotion Regulation Strategy on Brain Responses to the Valence and Social Content of Visual Scenes. Neuropsychologia, 49(5), 1067-1082. [pdf]



Vrtička, P., Andersson, F., Sander, D., & Vuilleumier, P. (2009).  Memory for friends and foes: The social context of past encounters with faces modulates their subsequent neural traces in the brain. Social Neuroscience, 4(5), 384-401. [pdf]



Vrtička, P., Andersson, F., Grandjean, D., Sander, D., & Vuilleumier, P. (2008).  Individual attachment style modulates human amygdala and striatum activation during social appraisal. PLoS ONE, 3(8), 1-11. OPEN ACCESS [link]

•Buchmann, A., Mondadori, C. R., Hänggi, J., Aerni, A., Vrtička, P., Luechinger, R., Boesiger, P., Hock, C., Nitsch, R. M., de Quervain, D. J., Papassotiropoulos, A., & Henke, K. (2008).  Prion protein M129V polymorphism affects retrieval-related brain activity. Neuropsychologia, 46(9), 2389-402. [pdf]


Vrtička, P. Social neuroscience of emotion perception and regulation: the influence of context and individual differences. Doctoral Thesis. University of Geneva, 2009 – Neur. 43 – 2009/12/01. OPEN ACCESS [link]

Vrtička, P. Doxycycline as an anti-apoptotic substance in two in vitro models of alzheimer’s disease. Master Thesis. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland, and Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.


Vrtička, P. Stigmata: Their Origin, Purpose, and Power. In: Afterwards. Contemporary Photography confronting the Past. By Nathalie Herschdorfer. Thames and Hudson, London. September 2011. ISBN 9780500543986. [Website].

Vrtička, P. Frank Schramm – Image N° 25: Emotion Regulation. Publication accompanying the exhibitionFrank Schramm – Stand ups, reporting live from ground zero“. Musée de l’Elyseée, Lausanne, Switzerland. 13.09.-20.11.2011.