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Personality, Attachment, and Control Laboratory
Director: Vivian Zayas, Ph.D.
Latest Research Findings

Bases of Adult Attachment: Linking Brain, Mind and Behavior
Vivian Zayas and Cindy Hazan

Humans are highly social animals, and wired to form enduring affective bonds throughout their lives. In early life, we form bonds with parental figures and in adulthood, we form bonds with romantic partners. The typical approach to romantic attachment is to look at how people differ from one another in their relationship experiences - Is a person securely attached and comforted by the presence of her partner? Is a person anxious about his relationship and continuously worried that his partner will leave him?

In our latest book (co-Edited by Vivian Zayas and Cindy Hazan) titled Bases on Adult Attachment: Linking Brain, Mind and Behavior, we take a completely new look at adult attachments. We focus on the very basic question - how do romantic attachments form in the first place? How do two individuals go from being complete strangers to a full-fledged pair bond in which each person regulates the physiology and affective and behavioral responses of the other? The book approaches this question from the neural, physiological, affective, cognitive, and behavioral levels. Link

What's New?

• NHPR features interview with Vivian Zayas titled “The Science Behind Bad Impressions”.
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• Live Science website features Vivian Zayas's research suggesting that first impressions are hard to change.
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• Headlines and Global News feature Vivan Zayas's research showing that your first impressions about someone are usually true.
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• The APS Observer Xpress promotes Vivian Zayas and Gul Gunaydin's symposium "The Many Faces of Person Perception: From Static Images to Online Profiles to Live Interactions."
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• The New York Times published an article written by Vivian Zayas and Joshua A. Tabak titled, "The Science of 'Gaydar'".
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• The American Psychology Association publication Monitor on Psychology featured Vivian Zayas and Josh Tabak's research on 'gaydar'.
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• Cornell Chronicle newspaper features Vivian Zayas and Emre Selcuk's research on the effect of recalling a loved one on mood and negative thinking.
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• University of Washington website features Vivian Zayas and Josh Tabak's research on 'gaydar', or the ability to judge others' sexual orientation from brief facial information.
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• Ivanhoe Newswire features Vivian Zayas's research on maternal attachment and its influences on adult romantic relationships.
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• Blog post by Dr. Mendoza-Denton on Psychology Today discusses Vivian Zayas's research on the impact of psychological abuse in past romantic relationships on people's future relationship choices.
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About The Personality, Attachment, and Control Laboratory

The overarching goal of Personality, Attachment, and Control (PAC) Lab is to examine the processes - those that are affective and automatic as well as those that are cognitive and controlled - that shape people's experiences.

Given that many of these processes are occurring at an automatic and at times unconscious level, ongoing projects in the PAC Lab draw from research and theory from social and personality, cognitive, developmental and most recently cognitive neuroscience.

Some of the topics currently being explored are:
• Mental Representations of Self and Others More Information
• The Social Regulation of Emotions More Information
• Delay of Gratification More Information
• First Impressions More Information
• Perceptions and Reactions to Ambiguous Exclusion More Information