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.
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.