Mariana von Mohr

Mariana von Mohr

Mariana von Mohr

Mariana von Mohr completed her BA in Psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico. She then completed the MSc in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology – a two-year programme through which she completed her first year at UCL, and her second year at Yale University. At Yale, Mariana’s research focused on the neurobiology of parenting and how addiction might impact maternal sensitivity to infant cues, supervised by Dr. Helena Rutherford. Mariana is now in the first year of her PhD at UCL, funded by Consejo de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT), and supervised by Dr. Katerina Fotopoulou. Her PhD research focuses on the social modulation of interoceptive modalities, including affective touch and pain, as well as the role of oxytocin.



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von Mohr, M., Crowley, M. J., Walthall, J., Mayes, L. C., Pelphrey, K. A., & Rutherford, H. J. V. (in press). EEG captures affective touch: CT-optimal touch and neural oscillations. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience.

von Mohr, M., & Fotopoulou, A. (in press). The cutaneous borders of interoception: active and social inference on pain and pleasure on the skin. In M. Tsakiris & H. De Preester (Eds.), The interoceptive mind: from homeostasis to awareness.

von Mohr, M., Kirsch, P. L., & Fotopoulou, A. (2017). The Soothing Function of Touch: Affective Touch Reduces Feelings of Social Exclusion. Scientific Reports. 7: 13516 (link)

von Mohr, M., Mayes, L.C., MD & Rutherford, H.J.V., (2017). The Transition to Motherhood: Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience Perspectives. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 70:1, 154-173

Wilbanks, H. E., von Mohr, M., Potenza, M. N., Mayes, L. C., & Rutherford, H. J. V. (2016). Tobacco Smoking and the Resting Maternal Brain: A Preliminary Study of Frontal EEG. The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 89(2), 115–122.