We've often come across these stories, as well as analysis of the similarities between animals and humans when it comes to empathy and reciprocity (especially in evolutionary terms, and especially in dealing with primates), but I personally never get tired of reading them.
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I will start with these:
This may need its own post. You be the judge, DG
What’s the News: Chimpanzees, like people, can “catch” yawns from others. But not all yawns are created equal, it seems; chimps are more likely to catch yawns from a chimp they know than from a stranger, a new study found. (You can see a video of it here.) This supports the idea that it’s empathy—rather than just everybody needing a nap—that makes yawns contagious.
How the Heck:
What’s the Context:
Reference: Matthew W. Campbell, & Frans B. M. de Waal. “Ingroup-Outgroup Bias in Contagious Yawning by Chimpanzees Supports Link to Empathy.” PLoS ONE, 6 (4), 2011. DOI :10.1371/journal.pone.0018283
I want to yawn right now just reading about it, but I've always been very empathetic. : )
Either way, just whatever you think. Leave it here for now though, but in the future, whatever you think is best.
Interesting stuff. I suppose they've found mirror neurons in primates as well, right?
Published on Jul 31, 2012
Bella and Beavis played ball together, shared living quarters, ate together, etc. They lived and loved together for quite a while. Beavis died this morning, and Bella has been in mourning for hours.
If you do a Google Images search for "cross-species friends"...
Yeah, I know, it's not very scientific, but you'll still find tons of anecdotal evidence that we are not the exclusive owners of empathy.
It would appear in my opinion that they show more empathy than humans toward each other...
Certainly seems that way, at time.