Dr. Pascal Vrticka (PhD)

Stephanstraße 1A

04103 Leipzig



Dr. Pascal Vrticka (PhD)

Dr. Pascal Vrticka (PhD)

Dr. Pascal Vrticka (PhD)




  • +49 (0)341 9940 2694


  • +49 (0)341 9940 2356




  • Developmental and biological psychology
  • Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (fMRI, fNIRS, EEG)
  • Biological markers of well-being and health
  • Genetics & Epigenetics
  • Longitudinal contemplative mental training intervention



  • Postdoctoral Research Award: Best Oral Presentation; 3rd Annual Stanford Postdoctoral Research Symposium: Empowering Future Leaders (here); October 11, 2013, Stanford University, CA, USA; Presentation Title: “The influence of attachment style on social brain function”.
  • Best Poster-Presentation; Annual Research Forum of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences; Februar 2011; Geneva, Switzerland; Title: „Lateralized Valence and Social Content Processing within the Human Amygdala”.
  • Brain Topography Best Presentation Award (Springer Science+Business Media); 4th Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting (ABIM); Champéry, Schweiz; Januar 2009; Title: “Differential Brain Activation during Regulation of Social and Non-Social Emotions”.


  • 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.
  • Stipend 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 Stipend (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) – as Co-PI; 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.
  • Total acquired independent funding so far: ca. EUR 165’000. Several additional grants are in preparation.


  • Max Planck Society Research Project 2018: D-CARE. Internal support received to investigate (i) bio-behavioral synchrony in 60 father-child dyads (child age: 5 years) using fNIRS, as well as (ii) brain activity and anatomy in fathers using (f)MRI; both (i) and (ii) as a function of various behavioral and self-report measures of child- and father-attachment and caregiving. 
  • Max Planck Society Research Project 2019: M-CARE. Internal support received to investigate (i) bio-behavioral synchrony in 60 mother-child dyads (child age: 5 years) using fNIRS, as well as (ii) brain activity and anatomy in mothers using (f)MRI; both (i) and (ii) as a function of various behavioral and self-report measures of child- and father-attachment and caregiving. 
  • International Longitudinal Collaboration Project: Generation R. International group effort to analyze a subset of the longitudinal Dutch Generation R study data ( with particular focus on genetics and epigenetics of attachment assessed in children, comprising the strange situation procedure. Launched in fall 2018.
  • Collaboration in Longitudinal Cohort Study: Project Alpha. Principal investigator in a privately funded collaborative longitudinal cohort study of 1’500 Israeli couples launched in fall 2018. Couples and their children will be followed for several years by using behavioral as well as genetic and epigenetic methods.



Master of Science (Dipl. Natw. ETH), Department of Biology, Swiss Federal Institute
of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland & Faculty of Medicine, Seoul National
University (SNU), Seoul, South Korea

PhD in Neuroscience, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
& Swiss Center for Affective Sciences 


Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology & Swiss Center for
Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Postdoctoral Scholar, 
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
School of Medicine, Stanford University, California, USA.
Sponsored by a fellowship for advanced researchers from the Swiss National
Science Foundation SNSF.

Research Scientist, Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute
for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Organisationseinheit (Abteilung, Gruppe, Einrichtung):

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