Department of Human Development
HD 3620: Human Bonding
Professor Cindy Hazan, MVR EB04
Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 (walk-in), and by appointment (ch34)
Admin Assistant: Joe Myer, MVR G77h (255.3074)
Yu Fu (yf72), Monday, 2:30 – 3:30, Martha’s
Contact regarding special needs for exams.
Ryan Mitchell (rsm236), Tuesday, 11-12, MVR B40
Contact regarding extra credit.
Daphna Ram (dr239), Thursday, 3-4, MVR G60d
Contact regarding exam grading.
Yi Shao (ys249), Tuesday, 3-4, MVR G78
Contact regarding Blackboard site.
Zhana Vrangalova (sv99), Wednesday, 2-3, MVR B40
Contact regarding permission for a make-up exam.
Claire Yang (yy257), Thursday, 11:30 – 12:30, MVR G78
Contact regarding scheduling for a make-up exam.
As members of a highly social species humans have long been concerned with understanding interpersonal relationships
but it is only in the last couple of decades that researchers have begun applying the methods of modern psychological
science to the task. It is now well documented that our day-to-day well being, our overall psychological adjustment, and
even our physical health depend in large part on the quality of our relationships with other people. Our continuance as a
species turned on the successful negotiation of three major adaptive challenges: surviving to reproductive age, mating,
and providing adequate care to our young so that they too survive to reproduce. Social relationships lie at the core of all
three. Indeed, dependence on and interdependence with our conspecifics is a fundamental fact of the human condition.
The relatively new science of relationships encompasses a large heterogeneous and multi-disciplinary field of theory and
research. This course will examine human bonding primarily from a psychological perspective, drawing on empirical and
theoretical work from the fields of developmental, clinical, evolutionary, cognitive, personality, and social psychology,
and secondarily from ethology, anthropology, sociology, and neurobiology. The central goal of the course is to define and
explain the basic structure, functions, dynamics, and formation of human affectional bonds, especially those of the
attachment and mating variety. Although the course covers all periods of development beginning with infancy, more
than two-thirds of the lectures and readings focus on adulthood.
Required Reading: [At the Campus Store and on reserve at Mann and Uris libraries.]
A course packet has been assembled from a wide range of sources, including books, edited volumes, and scientific