Social development research topics

Attachment in early childhood
Maria Manuela Veríssimo’s research is inspired by attachment theory, and she investigates how attachment networks are established and how they constrain the developmental process. More recently, she has started examining the role of the neurohypophysical hormones in attachment processes.
 
Social niche and social competence
Antonio José dos Santos jointly with João Daniel investigates social development with reference to the social niche within which development takes place. This work is also specialized in the development of statistical models of developmental structures in social niches.