Modeling, simulating, and simplifying links between stress, attachment, and reproduction

Dean Petters, Everett Waters

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John Bowlby's use of evolutionary theory as a cornerstone of his attachment theory was innovative in its day and remains useful. Del Giudice's target article extends Belsky et al.'s and Chisholm's efforts to integrate attachment theory with more current thinking about evolution, ecology, and neuroscience. His analysis would be strengthened by (1) using computer simulation to clarify and simulate the effects of early environmental stress, (2) incorporating information about non-stress related sources of individual differences, (3) considering the possibility of adaptive behavior without specific evolutionary adaptations, and (4) considering whether the attachment construct is critical to his analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-40
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009


  • adrenarche
  • attachment
  • cooperative breeding
  • evolution
  • life history theory
  • mating
  • middle childhood
  • phenotypic
  • plasticity
  • reproductive strategies
  • sexual selection
  • stress


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