Date of Submission

Spring 2021

Academic Program

Psychology; Psychology

Project Advisor 1

Sarah Dunphy-Lelii

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Touch, gaze, posture, and their synchrony between an infant and their caregiver are the means by which an attachment between the two is formed. The nonverbal elements of communication between the infant-caregiver dyad can explain the nature of their relationship and can serve as a tool for classifying attachment styles. Attachment Theory (AT) proposes that the attachment the infant forms with their caregiver establishes a model for relationships that the infant will carry into adulthood. This paper will untangle the underlying processes of the infant-caregiver relationship to make a case for refining the corporeal lens through which we view AT. It is significant to develop methods of analysis that observe the embodied process of attachment to assist in the formation of secure attachments, and prevent the adverse outcomes of insecure attachment styles.

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