Norbert Bischof english
Forschung und Lehre
Einzelbeitraege und Skripten
Berufliche Taetigkeit
Mitgliedschaften und Dienste

Norbert Bischof on Attachment Theory and Zurich Model of Social Motivation

Lectures on Attachment Theory – why it is important, and why it is insufficient

Norbert Bischof presents eight lectures on Attachment Theory. The presentation also introduces the Zurich Model of Social Motivation.

View Lectures


Bowlby-Ainsworth Award to Norbert Bischof

Founder Award For Advancing Attachment Study Through The Use of Control Systems Theory and Computational Modeling

The Bowlby-Ainsworth Award recognizes founders and singular contributors to the Bowlby-Ainsworth tradition of attachment theory and research.

The award was presented on April 1st, 2011.

The Bowlby-Ainsworth Awards


Literature in English

The Zurich Model of Social Motivation

Schneider M. (2001). Systems theory of social motivation. In N.J. Smelser & P.B. Baltes (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (10120-10125). Elsevier Science.

download chapter (pdf)


Selected Publications in English

Bischof-Köhler D. & Bischof N. (2007). Is mental time travel a frame-of-reference issue? Open peer comment to: Suddendorf T. & Corballis M.C.: The evolution of foresight: What is mental time travel and is it unique to humans? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30(3), 316-17.

Bucher U., Mast F. & Bischof N. (1992). An analysis of ocular counterrolling in response to body positions in three-dimensional space. Journal of Vestibular Research 2, 213-220.

Bischof, N. (1990). Phase transitions in psychoemotional development. In H. Haken & M. Stadler (eds.), Synergetics of Cognition (361-378) Springer Series in Synergetics 45.

Bucher U., Heitger F., Mast F. & Bischof N. (1990). A novel automatic procedure for measuring ocular counterrolling: a computer analytical method to determine the eye's roll angle while subjects work on perceptual tasks. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments & Computers 22(5), 433-439.

Bischof, N. & Gubler, H. (1990). A systems' perspective on infant development. In M.E. Lamb & H. Keller (eds.), Infant Development: Perspectives from German-speaking Countries (1-37). Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Bischof, N. (1980). Remarks on Lorenz and Piaget: How can «working hypotheses» be «necessary»? In M. Piattelli-Palmarini (ed.), Language & Learning. The Debate between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky (233-241). Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Bischof, N. (1980). Detachment: the breaking of bonds as a biocultural phenomenon. Kongressbericht des 22. Internationalen Kongresses für Psychologie, Leipzig, 39-47.

Bischof, N. (1978). On the phylogeny of human morality. In G.S. Stent (ed.), Morality as a Biological Phenomenon. Report of the Dahlem Workshop on Biology and Morals, Berlin 1977 (53-73). Berlin: Abakon. (Revised Edition (48-66), Berkeley: University of California Press).

Bischof, N. (1978). On the necessity of «appropriate behavior» on the part of the caregiver. Open peer comment to Rajecki, D.W., Lamb, M.E. & Obmascher, P., Toward a general theory of infantile attachment: a comparative review of aspects of the social bond. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 1(3), 417-464.

Bischof, N. (1977). Compensation in the perception of verticality: some remarks on exploring causal relationships in the central nervous system. Neuroscience Research Program Bulletin 15(3), 385-393.

Bischof, N. (1975). A systems approach towards the functional connections of attachment and fear. Child Development 46, 801-817.

Bischof, N. (1975). Comparative ethology of incest avoidance. In R. Fox (ed.), Biosocial Anthropology (ASA Studies) (37-67). London: Malaby Press.

Bischof, N. (1974). Optic-vestibular orientation to the vertical. In H.H. Kornhuber (ed.), Handbook of Sensory Physiology vol. VI/2: Vestibular System (155-190). Berlin: Springer.

Bischof, N. (1972). The biological foundations of the incest taboo. Social Science Information 11(6), 7-36.