Examination of the integrated neural representation of self theory
LE3 .A278 2018
Bachelor of Science
This study examined Integrated Neural Representation of Self Theory developed by DiTommaso and Price (2017). This theory states that individuals with a true secure attachment have developed a fully integrated brain capable of coping with stress when attachment figures, such as partners or peers, are unavailable. Those who have an earned-secure attachment are thought to have an integrated brain through someone else, such as an intimate partner, but not possess an integrated neural representation of self. Insecurely attached individuals do not have an integrated brain and will have the highest risk for having difficulty coping with adverse events. The study was a self-report survey that examined the differences between insecure, secure, and earned-secure groups such as actualization, anxiety, loneliness, etc. One-way MANOVAs and one-way ANOVAs examined the relationship between attachment and these measures. While a number of the hypotheses were supported, post hoc analyses indicated that earned-secure attachment was more similar to true secure individuals on certain measures than previously thought (e.g., mental health).
The author grants permission to the University Librarian at Acadia University to reproduce, loan or distribute copies of my thesis in microform, paper or electronic formats on a non-profit basis. The author retains the copyright of the thesis.