Making Up in Public Also Works for Baboons

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This study finds that watching a fight induces arousal in a group but witnessing the reconciliation lowers it. Making up in front of the ‘kids’ works, even for baboons.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.02.011

Witnessing reconciliation reduces arousal of bystanders in a baboon group (Papio hamadryas hamadryas)

  •  Witnessing aggression increased the arousal of bystanders in a hamadryas baboon group.
  •  Reconciliation between combatants was accompanied by a decrease in the arousal of bystanders.
  •  Arousal of bystanders remained elevated when combatants did not reconcile.
  •  Bystanders appear to understand the functional significance of reconciliation.
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