Attachment and pairbonding

Eli J. Finkel*, Paul W. Eastwick

*Corresponding author for this work

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Relative to other primates, Homo sapiens are born immature. To survive, they require intensive provisioning and nurturance across many years. One evolved mechanism for fostering such caregiving is for parents to pairbond-. to develop and sustain a deep emotional connection to each other. -. which bolsters fathers' contributions to childrearing. Such paternal investment increases the likelihood that offspring survive long enough to reproduce. On average, once a pairbond has formed, partners typically provide each other with emotional and motivational support and, ultimately, promote each other's psychological and physical health. Furthermore, they tend to exert themselves to sustain the pairbonded relationship over time, including by engaging in biased cognitive processing to derogate alternative romantic partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-11
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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