SIRG SoNeAt

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Virtual Conference Workshop 70 Years of Attachment Research: A Multidisciplinary Social Neuroscience Perspective

Together with the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS), we are organising a virtual conference workshop with the title “70 Years of Attachment Research: A Multidisciplinary Social Neuroscience Perspective” on August 12-13, 2020.

Conference Features:
►8 Keynotes by experts within the field
►10 plenary oral presentations by ECRs
►Nearly 20 posters by ECRs
►Recording of keynotes & plenary oral presentations for asynchronous viewing
►Virtual socialising

Key Dates:
►Virtual poster presentation submissions are now closed
►Notifications of abstract acceptance are now out
Registration now closed
►Workshop: 12th – 13th August 2020

The preliminary conference schedule can be downloaded here.

For more information, please see the official conference website.

Special Issue “The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment” in the Journal Attachment & Human Development

Together with the SoNeAt coordinating board members Melanie Kungl and Lars White, coordinating board president Pascal Vrticka is guest-editing a special issue on “The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment” in the Journal Attachment & Human Development.

In this special issue, we would like to highlight the newest developments of this still very young field of research, point to its remaining questions and unresolved issues, and delineate possible avenues for the future – also in terms of practical applications related to prevention and intervention strategies in a clinical context. The overarching aim thereby is to elucidate whether and how social neuroscience may advance attachment theory during the 21st century.

The deadline for pre-submission inquiries has already passed (September 30, 2019) and full submissions were invited until February 29, 2020. We are now in the review and revision process. Articles will be published online upon acceptance and the complete printed special issue is to be published later in 2020/21.

For more information please see here.


General Description of SIRG SoNeAt

The goal of the SEAS SIRG SoNeAt is to promote a systematic social (cognitive affective) neuroscience approach to investigate the underlying biological and brain basis of human attachment. This goal reflects the overarching philosophy of social neuroscience that emerged as a novel integration of theories and experimental approaches from both neuroscience and psychology. In the case of SoNeAt, this means an emphasis of multi-modal and multi-method investigations combining data on (i) the biological and brain basis of human attachment derived from social neuroscience methods with (ii) theoretical constructs and experimental approaches from the comprehensive psychology framework of attachment theory. It is the hope of SoNeAt that such integrative strategy will help elucidating whether and how social neuroscience may advance attachment theory.

To achieve the above aim, SoNeAt would like to bring together people from various neuroscience and psychology backgrounds so that they can share their approaches and ideas. In line with the overarching philosophy of social neuroscience, SoNeAt is open to a wide range of experimental social neuroscience techniques across many levels of investigation and data acquired using both first- and second-person social neuroscience methods. Likewise, SoNeAt promotes the exchange of different psychological concepts and experimental approaches associated with attachment theory. In doing so, an active dialogue is sought with researchers interested in all aspects of social and interpersonal relationships, comprising, for example, caregiving, social isolation, loneliness, and many more.


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