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Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
A 12-year study shows variation among primate groups in how the animals clasp hands during grooming, but consistency within them, even as group membership shifts over time.
Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”

A 12-year study shows variation among primate groups in how the animals clasp hands during grooming, but consistency within them, even as group membership shifts over time.

A 12-year study shows variation among primate groups in how the animals clasp hands during grooming, but consistency within them, even as group membership shifts over time.

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Manta Ray Populations Have Complex Social Structures
Manta Ray Populations Have Complex Social Structures
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2019
Reef mantas in Indonesia exhibit social preferences and form distinct social groups.
Oxytocin Makes Time Fly
Oxytocin Makes Time Fly
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 1, 2018
Can people’s social skills affect their experience of time?
Image of the Day: Cuddle Buddies
Image of the Day: Cuddle Buddies
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 1, 2018
Researchers studying macaques in Morocco find that socialization improves the monkeys’ odds of surviving the winter. 
John Cacioppo, a Founder of Social Neuroscience, Dies
John Cacioppo, a Founder of Social Neuroscience, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 7, 2018
The University of Chicago psychology professor made fundamental contributions to understanding the neural mechanisms of social experiences.  
Social Dominance Comes At a Cost
Social Dominance Comes At a Cost
Richard Kemeny | Mar 5, 2018
Dominant male mammals are particularly at risk of infection by parasites.
Are the Brains of Transgender People Different from Those of Cisgender People?
Are the Brains of Transgender People Different from Those of Cisgender People?
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2018
Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.
Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender
Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender
Shawna Williams | Feb 28, 2018
Brain studies have yielded a mixed picture of the neural similarities and differences between people of different genders.
Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals
Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017
Experiments that place untethered fish, flies, and mice in simulated environments give clues about the animals’ social behavior.
Video: Researchers Control <em>Drosphila</em> Flight with Virtual Reality
Video: Researchers Control Drosphila Flight with Virtual Reality
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017
Surrounded by a projection screen, a fly’s flight path is influenced by a collection of moving dots.
Video: Swimming with Virtual Swarms
Video: Swimming with Virtual Swarms
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017
Researchers track a fish in a virtual-reality system as it responds to projections of other fish of the same species.
Book Excerpt from <em>Testosterone Rex</em>
Book Excerpt from Testosterone Rex
Cordelia Fine | Dec 31, 2016
In Chapter 6, “The Hormonal Essence of the T-Rex?” author Cordelia Fine considers the biological dogma that testes, and the powerful hormones they exude, are the root of all sexual inequality.
Genes Linked to Dogs’ Sociability with People
Genes Linked to Dogs’ Sociability with People
Jef Akst | Sep 30, 2016
Genetic variants on chromosome 26 appears to play a role in a dog’s tendency to turn to people for help.
Puppy Love
Puppy Love
Jef Akst | Apr 17, 2015
Dog owners bond with their four-legged friends via the same hormonal pathways through which human mothers bond with their babies.
Pleasure To Smell You
Pleasure To Smell You
Jef Akst | Mar 4, 2015
People tend to sniff their mitts after shaking hands with someone of the same sex, suggesting that the traditional greeting may transmit chemosensory signals.
Bouncing Back
Bouncing Back
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 1, 2015
In mice, a transcriptional regulator, β-catenin, activates a microRNA-processing pathway in the nucleus accumbens to promote resilience to social stress.
The Genetics of Society
The Genetics of Society
Claire Asher and Seirian Sumner | Jan 1, 2015
Researchers aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which a single genotype gives rise to diverse castes in eusocial organisms.
Pilot Study Treats Infants for Autism
Pilot Study Treats Infants for Autism
Jef Akst | Sep 11, 2014
A preliminary trial finds that teaching parents certain therapeutic interactions for babies showing early signs of autism may improve the infants’ future social development.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 12, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Week in Review: June 3–7
Week in Review: June 3–7
Jef Akst | Jun 7, 2013
Crowdsourcing biomedical research; bird flu contagion?; zebrafish shed light on inherited muscle disorder; the economics of the Human Genome Project; the epigenetics of pair bonding