Category Archives: Attachment

Bio-Behavioral Synchrony during Parent-Child Interaction and its potential Link to Attachment

Social neuroscience, devoted to studying how biological systems implement social processes and behavior, has revealed crucial insights into the inherently social nature of humans. Most of the so far available findings, however, are derived from investigations examining biological processes and brain activation … Continue reading

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21st Century Attachment Theory and Research: Embracing a Social Neuroscience Approach

On November 29th 2018, Ross Thompson and Heidi Keller were invited to the 2. Wilhelm Wundt Dialog on the topic of “Attachment Theory: Past, Present and Future” at the University of Leipzig. First as speakers and then as discussants, they … Continue reading

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Towards the Epigenetics of Human Attachment

Attachment theory postulates that the establishment of attachment bonds represents an innate, biologically programmed behavior. Its biological function is to enhance the chances of survival in times of danger and need. Accordingly, (almost) all children become attached to survive. However, … Continue reading

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The insecurely attached brain: How early social interactions can shape adult brain function

This blog post first appeared on http://thepeoplesscience.org/ on October 29, 2016.     In a first review paper within the field, Patrik Vuilleumier and I recently proposed a model describing how attachment insecurities influence social brain function in healthy adults. It has … Continue reading

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Attachment Style and Brain Activity in Adolescents

This blog post first appeared on www.huffingtonpost.com on July 31, 2014.   Adolescence is a critical time period during human social-emotional development. It is generally associated with changes in teenagers’ brain structure and function, as well as behavior. There is, however, also a … Continue reading

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The Neural Signature of Attachment Insecurity

This blog post first appeared on www.huffingtonpost.com on October 16, 2013.     In one of my previous blog posts on human social brain evolution, I already briefly mentioned the concept of attachment and attachment style. Here, I would like to elaborate on … Continue reading

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Evolution of the ‘Social Brain’ in Humans: What Are the Benefits and Costs of Belonging to a Social Species?

This blog post first appeared on http://www.huffingtonpost.com on September 16, 2013.     Humans are highly social beings. We like to be surrounded by friends and share our personal experiences with others. The recent appearance of various social networking tools, and … Continue reading

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