SoNeAt Lab

The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment Lab (SoNeAt Lab) is located at the Centre for Brain Sciences, Department of Psychology, University of Essex (PI: Dr Pascal Vrticka).

Please see below for information on:
▶How to Become Involved
▶Current Students & Research Topics
▶Student Alumni & Research Topics


How to Become Involved

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr Vrticka with any questions regarding potential research projects at the Bachelor, Master, PhD and PostDoc level. His contact information can be found here.

Prospective PhD Students

If you are interested in completing a PhD with Dr Vrticka within the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment Lab (SoNeAt Lab) located at the Department of Psychology, University of Essex, please check the information about the application deadlines and procedures available ▶here and ▶here. It is advisable to contact Dr Vrticka well in advance of the final deadline (2-3 months) to provide yourself adequate time to develop your research proposal. Studentships in the Department of Psychology at University of Essex are very competitive and a high quality research proposal is essential to receive a funded offer.

Undergraduate Projects

There are several ways of becoming involved in research as an undergraduate at the SoNeAt Lab:

▶University of Essex Research Experience Scheme (RES)
▶University of Essex Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)
▶University of Essex Frontrunners (link)


Current Students & Research Topics

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

NameLevelIn Affiliation WithTopic
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
Daniella Bakic
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Internship & Master (2018-present)Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development  / University of LeipzigThe functional neural substrates of attachment in fathers
Miryam Mahroum
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Internship & Master (2019-present)Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development  / University of LeipzigBio-behavioral synchrony in mother-child-dyads
Anna-Lina Rauschenbach
Master (2019-present)Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development  / University of LeipzigBio-behavioral synchrony in mother-child-dyads
Ekaterina YourtaevaMaster (2019-present)Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development  / University of LeipzigCortical thickness and attachment representations in children

Student Alumni & Research Topics

The following PhD, Master’s and Bachelor’s Students have worked with Dr Vrticka as part of the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment Lab (SoNeAt Lab) in the past:

NameLevelIn Affiliation WithTopic
Marko Talovic
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Internship & Master (2018-2019)Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development  / University of LeipzigThe functional neural substrates of attachment in fathers
Maria KarpovaBachelor (2019)University of LeipzigStory Stem Battery, child mentalization, and intergenerational attachment transmission in father-child dyads
Nele Becker
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Master (2018-2019); now PhD student at the LFELeipzig Research Center for Early Child Development  / University of LeipzigBio-behavioral synchrony in mother-child-dyads
Rocio Fernandez
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Master (2018-2019); now PhD student at Donders InstituteLeipzig Research Center for Early Child Development  / University of LeipzigBio-behavioral synchrony in mother-child-dyads
Madison Long
Master (2018-2019); now PhD student at the University of CalgaryBrain and Development Research Center at Leiden UniversityThe anatomical neural substrates of attachment in fathers
Sonja Sudimac
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Master (2018-2019); now PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Human DevelopmentTechnische Universität KaiserslauternThe functional neural substrates of attachment in fathers
Simon Weber
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Master (2019); now PhD student at the Berlin Center for Advanced NeuroimagingANaP Lab, University of Göttingen (Prof. Dr. Annekathrin Schacht)Spatio-Temporal Pattern of Social Content and Valence Processing: A Combined EEG and fMRI Study
Trinh Nguyen
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Intern (2017-2018); now PhD student at the University of ViennaUniversity of HeidelbergA multifaceted social neurosciecne approach to attachment
Anna-Lena Lumma
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PhD (2915-2018); now Research Scientist at the University of Witten/HerdeckeMPI CBS LeipzigContemplative mental training & self-concept
Berit HechtBachelor (2017)University of LeipzigMeditation and pain
Lara Lordier
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Bachelor (2011-2012); now Researcher at University of GenevaUniversity of GenevaAmygdala activation to dynamic faces
Elena Pedrazzini
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Master (2011-2012); now Neuropsychologist at University Hospital GenevaUniversity of GenevaCommunicative relevance & fMRI
Brittany Andersson
Master (2011-2012) University of GenevaSocial feedback processing & fMRI

For more information on Dr Vrticka’s research and teaching, please refer to the following pages:

The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment
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