Interacting with dogs leads to greater activation in the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with emotional and social processing.
Powerful hierarchical situations make it easier for individuals to commit harmful actions. The reason for this, researchers say, is because empathy and agency become split across multiple individuals.
Researchers say laughter may have been preserved by natural selection to assist with human survival.
The neural circuitry that connects olfactory information about another mouse's sex to decision-making in the brain determines the behavioral outcome as to whether aggression or affection is expressed.
Male vampire bats infected with rabies socially withdraw, scaling back their social behavior of grooming other bats before they succumb to the disease.
A neural pathway that leads directly from the thalamus to the hypothalamus plays a critical role in processing touch information, a new study reveals.
The stressful events of 2020 may have harmed the social development of young people at a crucial point in their lives, a new study reports.
Extreme heat and extremely cold temperatures are associated with a marked rise in aggressive online behaviors, including hate speech, a new AI-based study discovered.
Museums dedicated to remembering the Holocaust and its victims can help to facilitate social mobilization and encourage social change for visitors.
Researchers explore the "red flags" we commonly associate with those who become mass killers, and how possible it is to identify the signs of problematic behaviors before a person commits a crime with multiple victims.
Our worldview forms during childhood as a result of our socialization within a particular cultural context. Our views get reinforced over time by the social groups we keep, the media we consume, and even the way in which our brains are wired. Challenging our worldviews with facts can feel like an attack on our personal identities and can often result in hardening our positions. Researchers assess how we can open our minds and explore facts that may go against our personal worldviews.
While more commonly associated with promoting aggressive behaviors, testosterone can also promote social affection and prosocial behaviors in males, a new study on gerbils finds.