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The Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment

Call for Papers

Submission Inquiry Deadline: September 30th, 2019
Full papers: January 31st, 2020

Guest Editors

Dr. Pascal Vrticka, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany

Dr. Lars White, University of Leipzig, Germany

Dr. Melanie Kungl, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Attachment & Human Development

Attachment & Human Development is the leading forum for the presentation of empirical research, reviews and clinical case studies that reflect contemporary advances in attachment theory and research.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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Social Neuroscience has recently emerged as a new multi-level and multi-method field of inquiry at the interface of neuroscience and psychology. In parallel, since the early 2000s, a growing number of investigators have started examining the putative biological and brain basis of human attachment. Their work combines a variety of biological and brain measures with theory and behavioral assessment of interpersonal relationship quality derived from the developmental psychology framework of attachment theory.

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.

Priority will be given to submissions reporting 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. We are also encouraging short reviews or commentaries on the state-of-the-art of the field and its future directions. The main focus of all contributions should be geared towards the association between inter-individual differences in attachment (including trauma and disorganization), and how they manifest on a biological (genetics, epigenetics, endocrinology, physiology, etc.) and/or neural (brain anatomy, function, connectivity, etc.) level, using both first- as well as second- and/or multi-person social neuroscience designs.

Subject Areas

  • Social neuroscience (biological and neural measures of human social interaction)
  • Inter-individual differences in human attachment across the life span

How to submit your abstract

Deadline for authors to submit their papers

  • Initial submission inquiry: September 30th, 2019
  • Full papers: January 31st, 2020

Interested authors should send an initial submission inquiry consisting of a 200 words abstract and, in the case of reviews, a brief outline and preliminary reference list, to the guest editor to determine suitability for the special issue. If approved, final submissions should be approximately 7,500 words long (including all references and tables). For general information about the aims and scope as well as instructions for authors (including article types), please refer to the journal’s website.