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The social role of touch in humans and primates: behavioural function and neurobiological mechanisms

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Grooming is a widespread activity throughout the animal kingdom, but in primates (including humans) social grooming, or allo-grooming (the grooming of others), plays a particularly important role in social bonding which, in turn, has a major impact on an individual's lifetime reproductive fitness. New evidence from comparative brain analyses suggests that primates have social relationships of a qualitatively different kind to those found in other animal species, and I suggest that, in primate...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology,Institute of
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews Journal website
Volume:
34
Issue:
2
Pages:
260-268
Publication date:
2010-02-05
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ISSN:
0149-7634
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uuid:7640c946-2e89-4cb8-8d1f-6390ed2b995c
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ora:3309

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