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Relationship partners are valued by the brain region that also values other goods

When your friend spends a long period of time listening to your problems, how do you feel? You may come to feel closer to the friend than before or consider them a more dependable friend. Apart from such subjective feelings, evolutionary psychologists assume that what... click to read more

  • Yohsuke Ohtsubo | Professor at Department of Social Psychology, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
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published on Aug 3, 2021
Our internal fight against loneliness

"A guy needs somebody -- to be near him... A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody."
Of Mice & Men, John Steinbeck. As social creatures, all aspects of our daily lives are powerfully shaped by our social experiences. The social bonds that we... click to read more

  • Gillian Matthews | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Simons Center for the Social Brain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 9, 2017