The Neuroscience of Attachment
Omri Gillath, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Kansas
Monday, October 21st
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway room 1517
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Abstract: During the last 40 years, Bowlby and Ainsworth’s attachment theory has been one of the most influential, research-generating conceptual frameworks in the areas of psychology on which it touches: developmental, social, personality, and clinical. Since the late 80’s, the theory became one of the leading frameworks for the study of adult close relationships, personality processes, and emotional dynamics. The theory has gained in popularity largely because it addresses a wide range of issues of interest to psychologists, including processes involved in mental and physical health. In recent years, with the flourishing of social-neuroscience, new research methods are being applied to the study of attachment. The objective of my talk is to review my contribution to this field, discuss some open questions and current controversies, and outline future directions for research and theory development.