Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment and

Interpersonal neurobiology is a field of study that looks at how the brain develops and is influenced by personal relationships. It is credited primarily to Dan Siegel, who pioneered the field of interpersonal neurobiology through his framework that unites research from various disciplines. Credit is also given to Allan Schore, who is known for his landmark research in the areas of neuroscience, attachment, and trauma. This entry begins with an overview of interpersonal neurobiology, continues with an examination of the role of attachment in relationships and brain development, and concludes with a discussion of interpersonal neurobiology and therapeutic interventions.


Interpersonal neurobiology emerged as a result of the “decade of the brain.” The field takes an interdisciplinary view toward understanding human development but is informed primarily from ...

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