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Abstract #2293

Attachment Model Affects Brain Responses in Areas Related to Empathy and Maternal Behaviour

Delia Lenzi1,2, Cristina Trentini3, Patrizia Pantano1, Emiliano Macaluso2, Gian Luigi Lenzi1,4, Massimo Ammaniti

1Dipartimento di Scienze Neurologiche, Universit di Roma "Sapienza", Roma, Italy; 2Neuroimaging Laboratory, Fondazione Santa Lucia, Roma, Italy; 3Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, Universit di Roma "Sapienza", Roma, Italy; 4Centro per lo Studio delle Funzioni Mentali dell’Uomo, Universit di Roma "Sapienza", Rome, Italy

Within the Attachment theory , Securely attached people tend to have positive views of themselves and their relationships. They feel comfortable with intimacy and independence, balancing the two in their relationships. Dismissive-avoidant adults tend to suppress and hide their feelings, dealing with rejection by distancing themselves from partners. Using fMRI we show that Dismissive subjects during the observation of stimuli activating attachment and maternal feelings have a overall greater reaction when compared to Secure subjects, i.e. greatly activate areas related to empathy and emotions (mirror neuron and limbic system) and inhibit areas related to maternal behaviour (anterior cingulated cortex).