Attachment — the Science of Belonging vs. Isolation, Connections with Autism

Hosted by Dr. Karen J. Parker, Stanford University

Subject Matter Expert: Dr. Nirao Shah, Stanford University

How much did your parents hold you as a baby? When you cried, how quickly did they respond? None of us remember the earliest stage of our lives — infancy — but those years are formative in our social and emotional development. Introduced by development psychologist Mary Ainsworth in the 1960s and 70s, attachment theory brought to the forefront the impact of our early lives on how we make friends, meet our spouses, and develop other relationship in our lives. Findings in this field have the potential to change the lives of not only those with autism spectrum disorder, a common neurodevelopmental disorder with an estimated prevalence of 2% of all births, but also impart valuable life lessons on how we — and specifically, our children and grandchildren — can all get along better.

Areas of Impact

●      Biology of Social Development

●      Social Development and Disorders related to Social Functioning

●      Stress