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Peer-Reviewed Publications & Book Chapters

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8920-5509
RESEARCHER ID: U-9166-2018

Preprints / Registered Reports / Under Review:

Kungl, M.*, Gabler, S.*, White, L. O., Spangler, G., Vrtička, P. (under review). Precursors and effects of parental reflective functioning: Links to caregivers’ attachment representations and behavioral sensitivity. Preprint: *= Those authors share first authorship.

Accepted / In Press / Published:


White, L. O., Kungl, M., Vrtička, P. (Published online 02 February 2023). Charting the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment. Attachment and Human Development. Introduction article to the Special Issue on The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment. OPEN ACCESS.


Kungl, M.*, Vrtička, P.*, Heinisch, C., Beckmann, M. W., Fasching, P. A., Ziegler, C., Spangler, G. (published online October 12, 2022). Deactivating attachment strategies associate with early processing of facial emotion and familiarity in middle childhood: An ERP study. Attachment & Human Development. *= these authors share first authorship. [PDF].

Burra, N., & Vrtička, P. (published online August 04, 2022). Attachment Anxiety Modulates the Gaze Direction-Related N170. Attachment and Human Development. OPEN ACCESS.

Hoehne, K., Vrtička, P., Engert, V., Singer, T. (2022). Plasma oxytocin is modulated by mental training, but does not mediate its stress-buffering effect. Psychoneuroendocrinology, Volume 141, July 2022, 105734. OPEN ACCESS.

Schulz, C. C., von Klitzing, K., Crowley, M. J., Deserno, L., Schoett, M., Hoffmann, F., Villringer, A., Sheridan, M. A., Vrtička, P.*, White, L. O.* (2022). Emotional Maltreatment and Neglect Impact Neural Activation to Social Exclusion in Early and Mid-Adolescence: An Event-Related FMRI Study. Development and Psychopathology, 34, 573–585. *= these authors share senior authorship. OPEN ACCESS.


Puhlmann, L., Derome, M., Morosan, L., Kilicel, D., Vrtička, P., Debbane, M. (published online 03 November 2021). Longitudinal associations between self-reported attachment dimensions and neurostructural development from adolescence to early adulthood. Attachment & Human Development. OPEN ACCESS.

Long, M., Puhlmann, L., Vrtička, P. (2021). Hypothalamus volume in men: Investigating associations with paternal status, self-reported caregiving beliefs and adult attachment style. Social Neuroscience, Volume 16, Number 6, Pages 639-652. [PDF]

van Assche, M., Simioni, S., Vrtička, P., Sander, D., Schluep, M., Vuilleumier, P. (2021). Neuroimaging of emotional dysregulation in multiple sclerosis: relationship with alexithymiaSwiss Archives of Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (SANP). OPEN ACCESS.

Puhlmann, L.*, Vrtička, P.*, Linz, R., Stalder, T., Kirschbaum, C., Engert, V., Singer, T. (2021). Contemplative mental training reduces hair glucocorticoid levels in a randomized clinical trial. Psychosomatic Medicine, Volume 83, Issue 8, Pages 894-905. *= these authors share first authorship. OPEN ACCESS.

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. (2021). The association between hippocampal structure and serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in healthy adults: a registered reportNeuroImage, Volume 236, 1 August 2021, 118011 (Special Issue on “Registered Reports in Neuroimaging“). OPEN ACCESS: REGISTERED REPORT [link to OSF page].

Nguyen, T., Schleihauf, H., Kungl, M., Kayhan, E., Hoehl, S.*, Vrtička, P.* (2021). Interpersonal neurobehavioral synchrony during father-child problem solving: An fNIRS hyperscanning study. Child Development, July/August 2021, Volume 92, Number 4, Pages e565–e580. *= these authors share senior authorship. OPEN ACCESS.

White, L. O., Bornemann, B., Crowley, M. J., Sticca, F., Vrtička, P., Stadelmann, S., Klein, A. M., & von Klitzing, K. (2021). Exclusion Expected? Cardiac Slowing Upon Peer Exclusion Links Preschool Parent Representations to School-Age Peer Relationships. Child Development, July/August 2021, Volume 92, Number 4, Pages 1274–1290. OPEN ACCESS.

Nguyen, T., Hoehl, S., and Vrtička, P. (2021). A Guide to Parent-Child fNIRS Hyperscanning Data Analysis. Sensors (Section Biosensors; Special issue on “Brain Signals Acquisition and Processing”), 21, 4075. OPEN ACCESS.

Nguyen, T., Schleihauf, H., Kayhan, E., Matthes, D., Vrtička, P., Hoehl, S. (2021). Neural synchrony in mother-child conversation: Exploring the role of communicative features. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, Volume 16, Issue 1-2, Pages 93–102. OPEN ACCESS.


White, L.*, Schulz, C.*, Schoett, M., Kungl, M., Keil, J., Borelli, J., Vrtička, P. (2020). Conceptual Analysis: A Social Neuroscience Approach to Interpersonal Interaction in the Context of Disruption and Disorganization of Attachment (NAMDA)Frontiers in Psychiatry – Social Cognition (part of Research Topic: Social Interaction in Neuropsychiatry). *= these authors share first authorship. OPEN ACCESS.

Nguyen, T., Kayhan, E., Schleihauf, H., Matthes, D., Vrtička, P., Hoehl, S. (2020).  The effects of interaction quality on neural synchrony during mother-child problem solvingCortex, Volume 124, Pages 235-249, OPEN ACCESS.

Long, M., Verbeke, W., Ein-Dor, T., Vrtička, P. (2020). A Functional Neuro-Anatomical Model of Human Attachment (NAMA): Insights from First- and Second-Person Social NeuroscienceCortex, Volume 126, Pages 281-321, OPEN ACCESS.

Miller, J., Shrestha, S., Reiss, A. L., Vrtička, P. (2020). Neural Bases of Social Feedback Processing and Self-Other Distinction in Late Childhood: The Role of Attachment and Age. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, Volume 20, Pages 503-520. OPEN ACCESS.


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 TrialJAMA Network Open. Sep 4;2(9):e199687. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.9687. (*=these authors share senior authorship). OPEN ACCESS [link]

Miller, J.*, Vrtička, P.*, Cui, X., Shrestha, S., Hosseini, H., Baker, J., Reiss A. (2019).  Inter-brain synchrony in mother-child dyads during cooperation: An fNIRS hyperscanning study. Neuropsychologia, Volume 124, 18 February 2019, Pages 117-124. (*= these authors share first authorship). [link / supplement]

Dubourg, L., Vrtička, P., Pouillard, V., Eliez, S., Schneider, M. (2019). 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]

Puhlmann, L. M. C., Engert, V., Apostolakou, F., Papassotiriou, I., Chrousos, G., Vrtička, P.*, Singer, T.* (2019). Only vulnerable adults show change in chronic low-grade inflammation after contemplative mental training: evidence from a randomized clinical trial. Scientific Reports, Volume 9, 19323. OPEN ACCESS (*= these authors share senior authorship). [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). 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). 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).  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).  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. (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).  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). 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). 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). 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). 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.

Mass Media Publications

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.