Still-Faced Experiment, Dr. Edward Tronick, Harvard University
From our spouses, parents, and other caregivers, we need a responsiveness, engagement and acceptance! Non-verbal behaviors show whether another person is emotionally engaged and "present" with us. Both infants and adults react with primal protest of feeling disengaged from another human being. This experiment, out of Harvard University, demonstrates what attachment scientists and therapists call "angry protest" in an infant - the protest of disconnection from her mother. Watch this!
Dr. John Bowlby Discussing Attachment Theory
Dr. Bowlby is considered the founder of attachment theory, and his book trilogy on attachment in humans is the original resource on attachment theory.
Mary Ainsworth's Strange Situation
Mary Ainsworth, a student of John Bowlby, conducted studies on infant and early childhood attachment. Here's a brief demonstration of the "Strange Situation" scenario that has become a staple form of assessing the attachment relationship between a child and his/her caregiver.
Presentation on Meaningful Findings from Harry Harlow Monkey Experiments
While research of this nature is no longer considered humane, Harry Harlow contributed a great deal of valuable information on primate behavior - humans included! - and the nature of attachment bonds. This is a wonderful, brief student presentation on the meaningful findings of Harlow's experiments.
Harry Harlow's Rhesus Monkey Research
Harry Harlow's contributions to the field of attachment theory demonstrate the necessity of love and affection in primates - indeed in most mammals! Harlow's rhesus monkey experiments, while now considered inhumane (largely because of the findings of the studies themselves!), yielded essential information about how humans attach to their caregivers.
Sue Johnson, Ph.D. Talks About Her Book for Couples
Dr. Sue Johnson is one of the founders, along with Dr. Les Greenberg, of emotion-focused therapy. Dr. Johnson's work focuses on couples - romantic attachment relationships. Brief Interview of Sue Johnson, Ph.D. - Dr. Johnson describes her new book Hold Me Tight, the first book written for the general public. Hold Me Tight discusses intimacy and romantic attachments in couple relationships.