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Lars O. White, Jia Wu, Jessica L. Borelli, Linda C. Mayes and Michael J. Crowley Play it again: neural responses to reunion with excluders predicted by attachment patterns Developmental Science 16

Article first published online: 9 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/desc.12035

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Reunion behavior following stressful separations from caregivers is often considered the single most sensitive clue to infant attachment patterns. Extending these ideas to middle childhood/early adolescence, we examined participants' neural responses to reunion with peers who had previously excluded them. We recorded event-related potentials among 19 11-to15-year-old youth previously classified on attachment interviews (11 secure and 8 insecure-dismissing) while they played a virtual ball-toss game (Cyberball) with peers that involved fair play, exclusion and reunion phases.

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