Relevant scientific articles and other resources for SoNeAt

The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment is a relatively new domain within the field of social (cognitive affective) neuroscience. It is specifically concerned with original empirical work involving biological and/or neural measures and their links with validated procedures used to identify inter-individual differences in attachment across the lifespan. It also promotes review articles (and outher outlets) summarizing the findings obtained with above methods and deriving conceptual frameworks based on these summaries.

Below, you can find a selection of relevant scientific articles and other outlets if you are interested in the topic.

Recent relevant review articles

• A functional neuro-anatomical model of the social neuroscience of human attachment (NAMA) has first been proposed by coordinating board president Pascal Vrticka (in association with others) in 2012 (review article – available open access – in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience) and updated in 2017 as a book chapter in the book “Neuroscience and Social Science: The Missing Link” (Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017).
A new refined and extended version of NAMA is now published in the journal Cortex (May 2020) and is freely available here (see also the NAMA page of my Pascal Vrticka’s website for a summary).

• Another relevant book chapter by Gillath, Karantzas, and Fraley (2016) asks the question “What Can Neuroscience, Genetics, and Physiology Tell Us About Attachment?” and discusses several emerging models of human attachment on the biological and brain level.

• In the “Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications – 2nd edition (2008)”, another review chapter by Jim Coan is concerned with with the topic “Toward a Neuroscience of Attachment“. An updated version of the chapter can be found in the 3rd edition of the Handbook of attachment (Part II,  “Biological Perspectives”).

Other relevant resources

• On November 29th 2018, the second “Wilhelm-Wundt-Dialog” took place at the University of Leipzig. It’s topic was “Attachment Theory: Past, Present and Future” and invited speakers were Prof. Heidi Keller & Prof. Ross Thompson. The discussion was led by SoNeAt coordinating board member Lars White. A video recording of the presentations and discussion can be found here.

More resources will be added here shortly.