Chimps bond over watching movies, a new study suggests

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Few things are better than cozying up with a loved one, eat some popcorn, and watch a good movie.

The same can be said for the monkeys.

In two separate studies, researchers have found that, like humans, chimpanzees get the same feeling of a bond between watching a movie or TV together.

(Liran Samuni/Tai Chimpanzee Project in AP))


“Our results suggest that it is one of the most fundamental mechanisms of human social bonding, feeling closer to the people with whom we work, act, or live together, it is present in both the human and the ape, and therefore has a deeper evolutionary roots than previously suspected,” Wouter is a Wolf, and Michael Tomasello writes in the abstract.

The study has been published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

The two studies produced similar results: one study showed that chimpanzees looked at a video, showed more signs of social bonding (such as grooming, and physical play”). The other one involved a chimpanzee and a human being, the chimpanzee, and the approaching people, more quickly, if they were watching a video together.

“Socially closer to others through shared experiences, such as dancing together to the music or to communicate with you about your shared experiences, it is only to the man,” the Wolf and Tomasello wrote.

She went on to say, “It has, therefore, been suggested that this binding mechanism is unique to humans, explaining (at least partially) why people who have larger social networks with more complex social relationships than the other types. The present results suggest, however, that some of the key elements of the social bond mechanism – a belief in social solidarity due to visually present something in conjunction with any other person, to be present in person, by means of a common ancestry with the other apes.”

The researchers used data from 45 primate species, particularly chimpanzees, and some of the impact, and watched for changes in behavior, after having watched a video of a special family of chimpanzees playing with their young.

(© Photo by Etsuko Nogami;Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University)

And what’s a movie without a snack? The researchers, in a tube filled with diluted grape juice and mango juice in an attempt to see the chimpanzees, still have it.

The Eye-tracker was placed below the monitor to make sure it’s of the apes watch the movie.

Talking to the BBC, Wolf said, is that the sharing of experiences and to create a common ground, one of which is now on display in the primates.

“The experience and the sharing of anything between two people that creates a common ground,” Wolf told the news outlet. “If you’re going to the movies together, sitting next to each other. It is a real social phenomenon.”


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