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Beckes, L. Simons, K., Lewis, D., Le, A., & Edwards, W. L. (In Press). Desperately seeking support: Negative reinforcement schedules in the formation of adult attachment associations. Social Psychological and Personality Science,


Beckes, L., & Coan, J. A. (2015). The distress-relief dynamic in the social regulation of affect and attachment bonds. In C. Hazan & V. Zayas (Eds.) Bases of Adult Attachment: From Brain to Mind to Behavior.

Gonzalez, M. Z., Beckes, L., Chango, J., Allen, J. P., & Coan, J. A. (2015). Adolescent neighborhood quality predicts adult neural response to social exclusion. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 921-928.

Beckes, L., Ijzerman, H. & Tops, M. (2015). Toward a radically embodied neuroscience of attachment and relationships. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,


Coan, J. A., Brown, C., & Beckes, L. (2014). Our social baseline: The role of social proximity in economy of action. In M. Mikulincer & P. R. Shaver (Eds.) Nature and Formation of Social Connections: From brain to Group (pp. 89-104). Washington DC: American Psychological Association Press.

Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (2014). Relationship neuroscience. In J. A. Simpson & J. Dovidio (Eds.) The Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology, Volume 2: Interpersonal Relationships and Group Processes.


Johnson, S. M., Burgess Moser, M. Beckes, L., Smith, A., Dagleish, T., Halchuk, R., Hasselmo, K., Greenman, P. S., Merali, Z., & Coan, J. A. (2013). Soothing the threatened brain: Leveraging contact comfort with emotionally focused therapy. PLoS One, 8(11), e79314, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079314

Maresh, E. L., Beckes, L., & Coan, J A. (2013). The social regulation of attentional disengagement in highly anxious individuals. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00515.

Beckes, L., Coan, J. A., & Morris, J. P. (2013). Implicit conditioning of faces via the social regulation of emotion: ERP evidence of early attentional biases for security conditioned faces. Psychophysiology, 50, 734-742.

Zhang, T., Li, F., Beckes, L., & Coan, J. A. (2013). Semiparametric inference of hemodynamic response for multi-subject fMRI data under multi-stimulus design. NeuroImage, 75, 136-145.

Coan, J. A., Beckes, L., & Allen, J. (2013). Childhood maternal support and social capital moderate the regulatory impact of social relationships in adulthood. International Journal of Psychophysiology. doi:

Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (2013). Brain functioning and relationship processes. In J. A. Simpson & L. Campbell (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Close Relationships.


Beckes L. & Coan, J. A. (2012). Voodoo versus me-you correlations in relationship neuroscience. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Download Now

Zhang, T., Li, F., Beckes, L., Brown, C., & Coan, J. A. (2012). Nonparametric inference of hemodynamic response for multi-subject fMRI data under multi-stimulus design. NeuroImage. Download Now

Beckes, L., Hasselmo, K., & Coan, J. A. (2012).Familiarity promotes the blurring of self and other in the neural representation of threat. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, doi:10.1093/scan/nss046. Download Now

Hasselmo, K., Coan, J. A., & Beckes, L. A. (2012). Die Social Baseline Theorie und die Soziale Regulierung von Emotionen. In K. H. Brisch (Ed.), Bindungen – paare, sexualitat und kinder, (pp. 22-35). Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta.

Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (2012). Social baseline theory and the social regulation of emotion. In L. Campbell, J. La Guardia, J. Olsen, & M. Zanna (Eds.), The 12th Ontario symposium: The Science of the Couple. Philadelphia: Psychology Press.


Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (2011).Social baseline theory: The role of social proximity in emotion and economy of action. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 976-988. Download Now

Beckes, L. & Simpson, J. A. (2011). Evolutionary perspectives on caring and prosocial behavior. In O. Gillath (Ed.), New directions in research on close relationships: integrating across disciplines and theoretical approaches.


Beckes, L., Simpson, J. A, & Erickson, A. B. (2010). Of snakes and succor: Learning secure attachment associations with novel faces via negative stimulus pairings. Psychological Science, 21, 721 – 728. Download Now

Simpson, J. A., & Beckes, L. (2010). Attachment theory. In J. M. Levine & M. A. Hogg (Eds.), Encyclopedia of group processes and intergroup relations. New York: Sage.


Beckes, L., & Simpson, J. A. (2009). Attachment reproduction and life history trade-offs: A broader view of human mating.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32, 23-24. Download Now

Simpson, J. A., & Beckes, L. (2009). Attachment. In D. Sander, K. R. Klaus et al. (eds.), Oxford companion to emotion and the affective sciences. New York: Oxford University Press.

Simpson, J. A., & Beckes, L. (2009). Evolutionary perspectives on prosocial behavior. In M. Mikulincer & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), Prosocial motives, emotions, and behavior: The better angels of our nature (pp. 35-53)Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Download Now


Simpson, J. A., & Beckes, L. (2008).  Reflections on the nature (and nurture) of cultures.  Biology and Philosophy, 23, 257 -258. Download Now


Simpson, J. A., Beckes, L., & Weisberg, Y. J. (2007). Evolutionary accounts of individual differences in adult attachment orientations. In J. V. Wood, A. Tesser, & J. G.Holmes (Eds.), The self and social relationships (pp. 183-206).New York: Psychology Press. Download Now

Manuscripts in Progress

Coan, J. A., Beckes, L., Maresh, E., Gonzalez, M., Brown, C., & Hasselmo, K. (Revise and Resubmit). Relationship status and perceived support in the social regulation of neural threat responding.

Brown, C. Beckes, L., Coan, J. A., & Allen, J. P. (Under Review). General health and the social regulation of hypothalamic activity.

Edwards, W. L., Beckes, L., & Lewis, D. (In preparation). The practicality of power posing.

Tsapeles, I. Aron, A., & Beckes, L. (In Preparation). Self-Expansion in the neural response to relationship alternatives.

Beckes, L., Coan, J. A., Maresh, E. L., Gonzalez, M. Z., Brown, C., & Hasselmo, K. (Manuscript In Preparation). A neural measure of individual differences in empathy and identification across different relationship types.

Beckes, L. Coan, J. A., & Riem, M. M. E. (Manuscript In Preparation). Different neural processes underlie the self- and social-regulation of emotion.

Beckes, L., Medina-Devillier, S., Gunderson, E., Brown, C. & Coan, J. A. (In preparation). Endogenous opioid mediation of the social regulation of neural threat response.