Would you like to play together? Adults’ attachment and the mirror game

Rinat Feniger-Schaal, Lior Noy, Yuval Hart, Nina Koren-Karie, Avraham E. Mayo, Uri Alon

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Why is it easy for some people to play together and difficult for others? In this interdisciplinary pilot study, we looked at dyadic interaction in motion as a paradigm to explore the expression of attachment in adulthood. We used a device that gives simple, quantitative and automated indicators for the quality of interaction while playing the mirror game. Forty-seven participants played the mirror game with the same gender-matched expert players. In addition, participants were interviewed on the Adult Attachment Interview to assess their quality of attachment. Using high resolution kinematic measures, we found that secure attachment was correlated with high complexity of the game and low synchrony compared to insecure attachment. The findings suggest that security of attachment is related to a more exploratory and less rigid game than insecure-dismissing attachment. These preliminary findings imply that high resolution analysis of simple movement interaction could carry information about attachment behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-45
Number of pages13
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2016

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  • AAI
  • Adult Attachment Interview
  • adults’ interaction
  • exploration
  • mirror game

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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