Why Attachment Matters in Social Neuroscience, Dr Pascal Vrticka

SAIA proudly presents our guest blogger, Dr Pascal Vrticka. Pascal is a social neuroscientist with strong ties to developmental & social psychology. His research focuses on the psychological, behavioural, biological, and brain basis of human social interaction, attachment, and caregiving. You can read more of Pascal’s work here. Since its first description by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth about […]

The Education Project

Making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up and learn’ is one of the many commitments which have provided the policy and legislative context for life in Scotland, over the past decade. You can view the Education Report here.

How Not to Start a Lesson

Sean* had been excluded from school and was sitting around in the children’s house. Although a bright kid, I was his only link to any formal education.

Wondering Aloud

Swearing at the head teacher is never a good idea. I was told that David needed anger management. How would I convince his head teacher that David’s problem was not his anger? In fact, anger was probably the appropriate response to all he was going through.

Parenting Teenagers With Attachment Difficulties

As parents of teenagers with attachment difficulties, we may need an extraordinary sensitivity and resilience to stay connected and engaged with our children. It is something we can’t do on our own, and yet finding help for adopted teenagers and for those who are in foster care can be difficult.


I was sitting at the edge of the hall watching the toddlers playing when it happened. A small child ran up to my boy, grabbed the car he was playing with and gave him a hefty shove that left him sprawled on the floor.

Using the “L” Word

“Many of the most intense emotions arise during the formation of attachment relationships. The formation of a bond is described as falling in love … ”
John Bowlby in The Making and Breaking of Affectional Bonds.

Inclusion Makes Better Teachers

The three visitors looked friendly, but what I thought would be an opportunity to showcase our work left us feeling we had been caught short.