Dr. Pascal Vrticka(PhD)

Stephanstraße 1A

04103 Leipzig



Dr. Pascal Vrticka(PhD)

Dr. Pascal Vrticka(PhD)

Dr. Pascal Vrticka(PhD)


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Main Focus


  • Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (fMRI, fNIRS, EEG)
  • Psychology in the domain of individual differences
  • Developmental psychological framework of attachment theory
  • Biological markers of well-being and health
  • Longitudinal contemplative mental training intervention


As principal investigator so far ca. EUR 165'000

Fellowship for Advanced Researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF; ca. EUR 130’000); Call for applications February 1st, 2011; Two year fellowship to conduct research on gene-environment-behavior-brain relations of human social behavior, including attachment style in children, adolescents and adults. Host institution: Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) at Stanford University, under the direction of Dr. Allan Reiss.

Grant for FENS / IBRO Winter School attendance (ca. EUR 2’000); Brain basis of social interaction: from concepts to imaging; Kitzbühel, Austria; December 2006. 

Three month’s Research and Travel Grant (ca. EUR 3’000) to extend research activity beyond the duration of the MSc thesis; Creative Research Initiative Centre for Alzheimer’s Dementia; Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea; September to December, 2004.

Stanford Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) “New Idea” Grant (USD 35’000 / ca. EUR 25’000); Call for applications October 2013. “The Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) Grant and Postdoctoral Support program is sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH) to develop and support the best child health-focused and innovative clinical and translational research. All projects must be significantly related to child health.” One year funding to investigate the neural basis of attachment in children and families.

Seed Grant from the Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging (CNI; USD 6’000 / ca. EUR 4’500); Call for applications in November, 2012. Funding support, generously provided by the Dean of Research, for pilot and exploratory studies at the CNI. Strong emphasis is placed on supporting novel applications of neuroimaging that can advance understanding of brain function and/or potentially benefit society.

For more detailed information about my research and a complete up-to-date CV, please visit my personal homepage 

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Education

Master of Science (Dipl. Natw. ETH)
Department of Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland & Faculty of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
PhD in Neuroscience
Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland & Swiss Center for Affective Sciences


2010 - 2011
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland & Swiss Center for Affective Sciences
2012 - 2014
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Stanford Universty, California, USA. Sponsored by a fellowship for advanced researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF.

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