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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (9): 1539-1550.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.01539

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The effects and mechanism of attachment priming

JIA Chenglong, SUN Li, FENG Bole, QIN Jinliang()   

  1. Hangzhou College of Early Childhood Teacher’s Education, Zhejiang Normal University, Hangzhou 311231, China
  • Received:2019-12-24 Online:2020-09-15 Published:2020-07-24
  • Contact: QIN Jinliang


In the context of cognitive science, attachment research has revealed a social cognition shift. Researchers’ interest is shifting from focusing on individual differences in attachment to the attachment schemas behind the differences. The research paradigm has also shifted from observational measure to the fine cognitive experimental paradigm represented by priming. The attachment priming paradigm is divided into secure priming and unsecure priming. Priming materials will activate different attachment schemas, prompting individuals to adopt secure attachment strategy, hyperactivating strategy or deactivating strategy, respectively, and thus show different mental and behavioral patterns. Meanwhile, these patterns can moderate the priming effects. And all these processes form a dynamic priming feedback loop. Future research should refine the components and structure of attachment schemas, focus on the relationship between attachment anxiety and attachment priming, and explore the impact of attachment priming on subsequent cognitive processing from the perspective of processing time.

Key words: attachment research paradigm, attachment priming, attachment script, attachment coping strategies

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