TypeOnline Course
Student Enrolled701

Contributing Author: Bryce Wininger, MD

Contributing Editor: Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD and Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD

Date Uploaded onto Website: August 1, 2016

Overview: Attachment highly impacts behavioral and emotional processes in people, and some of its neurobiological underpinnings have been elucidated. This learning module draws from a 2012 review by Vrtička and colleagues, who provided an overview of recent studies looking at attachment through a cognitive and neurobiological lens. This module will focus specifically on discussing attachment styles and reviewing a game designed by Vrtička and colleagues in 2008 that utilized functional MRI to elucidate neural responses when confronted with visual feedback

Author Affiliations: Dr. Wininger ( is a third-year psychiatry resident at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Project advisor was Dr. Mayada Akil. Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD and Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD, are the Contributing Editors for this publication. The National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative is a collaborative effort with AADPRT and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning and receives support from the NIH (R25 MH10107602S1 and R25 MH086466 07S1) ©National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative.

Section 1Overview
Section 2Learning Objectives
Section 3Facilitator's Guide / Resources Required
Section 4Intro & Attachment Assessment Survey
Section 5Clinical Vignette
Section 6Neuroscience Task
Section 7Debriefing / Discussion
Section 8Assessment
Section 9Resources