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Phillip R. Shaver

Phillip R. Shaver

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Dr. Phillip Shaver conducts research in two principal areas: close relationships and emotions. In the close relationships area he has studied the application of Bowlby's attachment theory to research on loneliness and adult romantic love. Currently, he is extending this work to the study of attachment-style differences in defenses or coping strategies, compassion, prosocial virtues, and marital communication.

In the field of emotions, he has proposed a prototype methodology for mapping individuals' and cultures' cognitive representations of the emotion domain and, with the help of coworkers in other countries, is investigating everyday conceptions of emotions such as love and shame in various cultures. He is also working with his wife, Professor Gail S. Goodman, on various studies related to attachment theory and memory for traumatic childhood experiences.

Dr. Shaver is past editor of the Review of Personality and Social Psychology, current associate editor of Attachment and Human Development, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personal Relationships. He is co-editor of several recent books, including "Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications."

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Brennan, K. A., Clark, C. L., & Shaver, P. R. (1998). Self-report measurement of adult romantic attachment: An integrative overview. In J. A. Simpson & W. S. Rholes (Eds.), Attachment theory and close relationships (pp. 46-76). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Crowell, J. A., Fraley, R. C., & Shaver, P. R. (1999). Measurement of adult attachment. In J. Cassidy & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Fraley, R. C., & Shaver, P. R. (1999). Loss and bereavement: Attachment theory and recent controversies concerning grief work and the nature of detachment. In J. Cassidy & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Mikulincer, M., & Shaver, P. R. (2003). The attachment behavioral system in adulthood: Activation, psychodynamics, and interpersonal processes. In M. P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in experimental social psychology (Vol. 35). New York: Academic Press.
  • Morgan, H. J., & Shaver, P. R. (1999). Attachment processes and commitment to romantic relationships. In W. H. Jones & J. M. Adams (Eds.), Handbook of interpersonal commitment and relationship stability. New York: Plenum.
  • Qin, J. J., Goodman, G. S., Bottoms, B. L., & Shaver, P. R. (1998). Repressed memories of ritualistic and religion-related abuse. In S. Lynn & K. McConkey (Eds.), Truth in memory (pp. 260-283). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Robinson, J. P., Shaver, P. R., & Wrightsman, L. S. (1999). Criteria for scale selection and evaluation. In J. P. Robinson, P. R. Shaver, & L. S. Wrightsman (Eds.), Measures of social psychological attitudes, Vol. 2: Measures of political attitudes (pp. 1-35). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology of Emotion
  • Seminar on Affective Neuroscience
  • Seminar on Attachment Theory and Research
  • Seminar on the Social Self

Phillip R. Shaver
Department of Psychology
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616-8686
United States

  • Phone: (530) 752-1884
  • Fax: (530) 752-2087

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