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Attach.Theory & Relationships

Capstone experience that refines basic skills and concepts through an exploration of specific themes in psychological literature. Course work emphasizes analysis, synthesis, organization and oral communication. Students lead classroom discussions; active participation is essential. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites: Senior psychology major or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Section: PSYC-495-01
Credits: 4
Faculty: Nashla Feres
Days: MW
Times: 2:00PM‑3:45PM (MW)
Start/End Date: 01/16/18 - 05/04/18
Instruction Method: Discussion-based Seminar
Comments: This course will focus on a key theory in developmental psychology called Attachment Theory. Attachment theory proposes that interactions between primary caregivers and infants (during times of distress) are the basis for the development of an internal working model (IWM) of relationships. This IWM is theorized to persist throughout the lifespan and influencefuture intimate relationships. Nearly five decades of researchsupports this link between early parent-child attachmentrelationships and future peer and romantic attachmentrelationships. In order to fully comprehend the complexity ofthis theory and its predicted social-emotional outcomes,relevant developmental concepts and terms will first bereviewed from learning theories, ethology, psychodynamictheories and emotion-regulation. Core concepts from attachmenttheory will be covered such as: attachment security, attachmentbehaviors, attachment figures, secure vs. insecure attachmentstyles. Furthermore, brain imaging and physiological studiesshowing how attachment relationships alter the structure andfunction of the brain and autonomic nervous system will bereviewed. This course will focus on the formation of earlyattachments formed during infancy and toddlerhood with caregivers, as well as peer and romantic attachmentrelationships during adolescence and emerging adulthood.Outcomes of both secure and insecure attachment styles will bediscussed in terms of social-emotional outcomes andassociations with clinical disorders.

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