Bases of Adult Attachment

Linking Brain, Mind and Behavior

  • Vivian Zayas
  • Cindy Hazan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Processes that Promote Adult Attachment Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Lane Beckes, James A. Coan
      Pages 11-33
    3. Jennifer A. Bartz, Mark W. Baldwin, John E. Lydon
      Pages 35-58
  4. The Effect of Previous Experience on Adult Attachment Formation and Maintenance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Jeffry A. Simpson, W. Andrew Collins, Allison K. Farrell, K. Lee Raby
      Pages 61-78
  5. Development and Change in Adult Attachment Bonds

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 195-196

About this book


A great deal is known about how infants form attachments, and how these processes carry over into adolescence. But after that, the trail grows cold: the study of adult attachment emphasizes individual variations, paying little attention to the normative mechanisms of adult bonding. 

A much-needed corrective, Bases of Adult Attachment examines this under-investigated topic with an eye toward creating a robust theoretical model. The first volume of its kind, its multilevel approach integrates current findings from neuroscience and psychology to analyze the processes by which adult relationships develop, mature, function, and dissolve. Here in relevant detail are factors contributing to initial attraction, possible scenarios in the evolution from friendship to attachment, and the changes that occur on both sides of a relationship as partners mutually influence each other's behavior, emotions, cognition, and even physiology. And expert contributors address long-neglected questions in the field with stimulating topics such as:  

  • The distress-relief dynamic in attachment bonding.
  • An expectancy-value approach to attachment.
  • The biobehavioral legacy of early attachment relationships for adult emotional and interpersonal functioning.
  • How early experiences shape attraction, partner preferences, and attachment dynamics.
  • How mental representations change as attachments form.
  • Insights into the formation of attachment bonds from a social network perspective.

Bases of Adult Attachment will interest scholars approaching adult attachment at multiple levels of analysis (neural, physiological, affective, cognitive, and behavioral) and from multiple perspectives. This wide audience includes developmental, social, and cognitive psychologists as well as neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, clinicians, sociologists, family researchers, and professionals in public health and medicine.


adult attachment adult attachment formation adult development attachment bonding attachment dynamics coregulation in relationships distress-relief dynamic early attachment relationships normative development relationship intimacy romantic love secure base separation distress sexual attraction theoretical normative processes

Editors and affiliations

  • Vivian Zayas
    • 1
  • Cindy Hazan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-9621-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-9622-9
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