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Burra, N., Massait, S., Vrtička, P. (under review). Differential Impact of Trait, Social, and Attachment Anxiety on the Stare-in-the-Crowd Effect.

Ein-Dor, T., Verbeke, W.J.M.I., Mokry, M., Vrtička, P. (under review). Epigenetic Modification of the Oxytocin and Glucocorticoid Receptor Genes is linked to Attachment Avoidance in young Adults.

•Schacht, A., Vrtička, P. (under review). Spatio-Temporal Pattern of Appraising Social and Emotional Relevance: Evidence from Event-Related Brain Potentials. [biorxiv preprint]

•Dubourg, L., Vrtička, P., Debbane, M., Chambaz, L., Eliez, S., Schneider, M. (under review). Neural correlates of socio-emotional perception in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

•Lumma, A.-L., Valk, S., Böckler-Raettig, A., Vrtička, P., Singer, T. (accepted in Brain and Behavior). Change in Emotional Self-Concept following Socio-Cognitive Training relates to Structural Plasticity of the Prefrontal Cortex.


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. First published online: 04 November 2017. [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]

•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. [link]

•Debbane, M., Badoud, D., Sander, D., Eliez, S., Luyten, P., & Vrtička, P. (published online February 6, 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. [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. [link/ corrigendum]

•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. [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]

•Debbane, M., Vrtička, P., Lazouret, M., Badoud, D., Sander, D., Eliez, S. (2014; Available online June 29, 2013). Self-reflection and positive schizotypy in the adolescent brain. Schizophrenia Research, Jan;152(1):65-72. [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., 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., 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. [pdf]

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. [link]

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

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

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., 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. [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.

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.