Interpersonal Synchrony and Its Relevance for Attachment & Caregiving
Interpersonal Synchrony and Its Relevance for Attachment & Caregiving

The Special Interest Research Group on the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment (SIRG SoNeAt) as part of the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS), with support by Artinis Medical Systems, is very pleased to announce a two-day Conference Workshop on the topic of Interpersonal Synchrony and Its Relevance for Attachment & Caregiving. It will take place at the University of Essex in Colchester (UK) on May 25-26, 2023.

fNIRS Workshop attendance is in person only. Conference participation is possible in person or remote (see applicable rates below). Conference attendees can submit an abstract or participate as listeners only (see below & Participation & Abstract Submission page).

All talks will be recorded & PDFs of posters uploaded to an online repository, which will be made available to both in-person and remote Conference attendees for extended and asynchronous viewing.

Preliminary Program (see also here)


fNIRS Hyperscanning Workshop – Thursday, May 25

►Special focus on functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) hyperscanning
►Introduction into theory and practice
►Hands-on experience with newest portable Artinis Brite MKII devices for data acquisition
►Hands-on experience with data analysis using open access scripts and sample data
►Expert instructors (scientists & Artinis support team)

Conference – Friday, May 26
►Three keynotes from experts within the field of interpersonal synchrony – Trinh Nguyen (Instituto Italiano Di Tecnologia, Rome), Giacomo Novembre (Instituto Italiano Di Tecnologia, Rome) & Jens Pruessner (University of Konstanz, Germany)
►Early career researcher sessions to present talks or posters
►In-person or remote participation possible (all talk recordings and posters will be made available in an online repository for asynchronous viewing)

Participation and Abstract Submission (see also here)


Registration Fees
►Workshop only (in-person) – £50
►Conference only (in-person) – £50
►Workshop & Conference (in-person) – £100
►Conference only (remote) – £20
►In-person registration comprises coffee, snacks and on-site lunch
Registration and payment will open after an initial selection process (see below).

Requesting Participation and Abstract Submission
Please use the Requesting Participation & Abstract Submission Form for requesting Workshop participation and/or for submitting your Conference abstract. Workshop and in-person conference attendance is limited and will be based on participation request and abstract evaluation by a selection committee. Please note that conference attendance is also possible without abstract submission / as listener only.

Abstracts with a clear link to the overall Conference title – i.e., comprising direct theoretical and/or experimental considerations of interpersonal synchrony, ideally also with relevance for attachment and caregiving – will be given priority.

Please request Workshop participation and/or submit your Conference abstract by March 22, 2023. Decisions will be sent out by March 31, 2023.

We have a limited amount of scholarships available for Workshop and/or Conference attendance covering registration fees. When requesting Workshop participation and/or submitting your Conference abstract, please indicate whether you would like to be considered for receiving a scholarship.



Organisation Committee & fNIRS Workshop Instructors
Trinh Nguyen – Postdoctoral Researcher at the Instituto Italiano Di Tecnologia, Rome. Trinh extensively used fNIRS hyperscanning for her MSc and PhD thesis work and developed an open-access Guide to Parent-Child fNIRS Hyperscanning Data Analysis including free mother-child sample data. Trinh’s PhD dissertation was selected for the 2023 SRCD Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award and she also received the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research for her PhD dissertation.
Maria Meier – PhD Student at the Department of NeuropsychologyUniversity of Konstanz. Maria obtained a 2022 YERUN Research Mobility Award to visit the SoNeAt Lab at the Department of Psychology, University of Essex, to start working with fNIRS hyperscanning.
Anil Karabulut – PhD Student at the IMT Lucca, Italy, in association with the SoNeAt Lab at the Department of Psychology, University of Essex. Anil is currently analysing structural MRI Data in association with interindividual differences of attachment as part of SoNeAt Lab’s CARE Studies and is helping to set up the Essex fNIRS Hyperscanning Lab.
Pascal Vrticka – Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Psychology, University of Essex. Pascal has worked with fNIRS hyperscanning since 2014 when he was a Postdoctoral Scholar in Allan Reiss’ Lab at Stanford University. Since then, he has published several fNIRS hyperscanning papers, particularly on parent-child interaction from an attachment theory perspective – most recently as part of his SoNeAt Lab‘s CARE Studies with a special focus on fathers.

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