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
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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