General Overview


The principal line of investigation in my research is devoted to examining the psychological, behavioral, biological, physiological, and neural basis of human attachment – or in short: the social neuroscience of human attachment. In so doing, I am referring to attachment by means of inter-individual differences in secure versus insecure, anxious and avoidant attachment orientations. To obtain an idea why I think such research is important, please refer to my blog on the Evolution of the “social brain” in humans: what are the benefits and costs of belonging to a social species? as well as 21st Century Attachment Theory and Research: Embracing a Social Neuroscience Approach.

Some of the published articles and book chapters in association with my attachment research are described in more detail in the sections outlined below. All of them can be found on the publications page of my website, and/or under my ResearchGate project “Human Attachment: Elucidating the underlying Psychological, Behavioral, Biological, Physiological, and Neural Basis“.

In addition, the section CARE studies contains a description (and future discussion of results) of our most recent series of three collaborative interdisciplinary studies on attachment in parent-child dyads.

The remaining sections of this research topic are organized as follows:

⋅  CARE Studies
⋅  Attachment Theory
⋅  The Neural Substrates of Attachment in Adults
⋅  The Neural Substrates of Attachment in Adolescents
⋅  The Neural Substrates of Attachment in Parents and Children
⋅  Attachment & Bio-Behavioral Synchrony in Dyads
⋅  The Genetics and Epigenetics of Attachment
⋅  Longitudinal Attachment Research