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Attachment and Spatial Navigation
Rocha, Nuno Barbosa Polytechnic Institute of Porto
Lemos, Andreia Polytechnic Institute of Porto
Campos, Carlos Polytechnic Institute of Porto
Rocha, Susana Polytechnic Institute of Porto
Machado, Sérgio Salgado de Oliveira University
Murillo-Rodriguez, Eric Universidad Anáhuac Mayab
spatial learning
spatial navigation
spatial recall
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There is preliminary evidence suggesting that hippocampal functioning is associated with attachment style. However, it is unknown if attachment is also associated with hippocampal-related cognitive function such as spatial learning and recall. This study aims to verify if attachment dimensions are associated with spatial learning and recall. Sixty-five female participants were recruited and were evaluated using the Adult Attachment Scale-R and tested on a virtual maze navigation task (VMT) at one moment (exploratory trial + 3 trials) and 24 h later (3 trials). There was a significant Moment × Trial × Close-Depend interaction for the outcome time, F(2,126) = 3.807, p = 0.025, with post hoc analysis indicating that the High Close-Depend group displayed significant improvements between Trial 1 and Trial 3 in the post-test assessment. Conversely, the Low Close-Depend group displayed significant improvements between Trial 1and Trial 3 but on the pre-test assessment. Furthermore, the Low Close-Depend group presented significant better performance in pre-test Trial 3 in comparison to the High Close-Depend group. Thereby, it seems that low comfort with proximity and trust in others is associated with reduced spatial recall, although spatial learning performance was actually superior in these participants. It is possible that reduced exposure to social interaction and meaningful relationships may be reduced in the Low Close-Depend group, leading to modifications in hippocampal function and, ultimately, reduced spatial recall. Oppositely, participants in the High Close-Depend group may not display typical spatial learning in the proposed task as they are more willing to freely explore the presented environment.
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Frontiers in Psychology
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Copyright © 2019 Rocha, Lemos, Campos, Rocha, Yamamoto, Machado and Murillo-Rodriguez. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). ( The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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