The Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS) is proud to host a number of Special Interest Research Groups – SIRGs. Each SIRG focusses on a specific attachment-related topic and aims at promoting associated theoretical and experimental advances.
Please see below for a short summary of the SIRGs and links to their respective websites. More information will be posted here once it becomes available.
The Special Interest Research Group on Father-Child Attachment and Relationships (SIRG FCAR) brings together a diverse group of researchers interested in father-child attachment and relationships. SIRG FCAR intends to promote attachment research that goes beyond the study of mother-child relationships to consider the roles that other attachments (such as father-child attachment) play in positive child development. SIRG FCAR connects researchers to promote the exchange and discussion of ideas, theory, and methodologies to support the inclusion of fathers in attachment research with hopes of gaining a better understanding of father-child relationships and their role within the larger family system.
The goal of the Special Interest Research Group on the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment (SIRG SoNeAt) is to promote a systematic social (cognitive affective) neuroscience approach to investigate the underlying biological and brain basis of human attachment. This goal reflects the overarching philosophy of social neuroscience that emerged as a novel integration of theories and experimental approaches from both neuroscience and psychology in 1992. In the case of SoNeAt, this means an emphasis of multi-modal and multi-method investigations combining data on (i) the biological and brain basis of human attachment derived from social neuroscience methods with (ii) theoretical constructs and experimental approaches from the comprehensive psychology framework of attachment theory. It is the hope of SoNeAt that such integrative strategy will help elucidating whether and how social neuroscience may advance attachment theory within the 21st century.