Source: Live Science
The hormone oxytocin has long been associated with mothers bonding with their babies. But its full story is much more complex.
Source: Scientific American
The similarities between humans and chimpanzees are not merely genetic. Find out what researchers are learning about their very human-like behaviors.
Source: Psychology Today
Some recent studies have shown that human beings are actually hard-wired to gossip, and that gossip serves a social function in helping us bond with others. But do the negative consequences of gossip outweigh the positive ones?
Source: National Geographic
Adorable baby animal videos are all over the Internet; find out the touching story behind one of them.
Source: What If?
Author Randall Munroe explores how far people have been from their fellow humans and how they may have felt about that distance.
Source: Big Think
Why do we make connections with digital assistants when we know they don’t have feelings?
Source: The Japan Times
People come together to hear the song of the bell cricket at one Japanese temple.
Source: The Seattle Times
Across the nation, budget cuts threaten the existence of small schools in rural areas. Read about the important role some of these schools play in binding communities together.
Source: The Guardian
In this essay, writer George Monbiot explores the current state of humanity—and finds that it centers not on our devotion to technology, but instead on our loss of bonds with others.
A journalist reflects on the evolving bonds of a friendship formed on the basketball court.
Source: Duke University
In this short video, Brian Hare explores the importance of friendliness in the animal and human worlds.
Source: Cesar's Way
If you feel like you and your dog love each other, it isn’t just your imagination. Research shows that levels of a bonding hormone spike in both dogs and their humans when they’re together.
Source: World Religion News
Learn about traditional lantern festivals in Japan.
The bombing of a London subway station in 2005 may have been meant to drive a wedge between people, but one survivor feels that it brought her closer to the rest of humanity.
Research has shown that the bond between parents and children affects brain development. This story gives a brief overview of this ongoing research and tells how the lack of a parental bond has impacted the life of one man who was adopted at the age of 11.
Source: How Stuff Works
Cultures around the globe may have different approaches to social interactions, but the meanings of many facial expressions are the same.
Source: National Geographic
A group of fifth-graders recently put themselves into the mindset of one of our vulnerable primate cousins. Learn about the project and its long-term benefits.
Source: National Human Genome Research Institute
Learn about the intensive research project that definitively showed the bonds among all humans.
Source: The New York Times
Do socially beneficial actions in our closest cousins reflect how humans evolved a sense of morality? Primatologist Frans de Waal thinks so.
Source: National Public Radio
The 1947 partition of India and Pakistan into two separate countries may have separated friends, but technology has the power to reunite them, at least in the world of advertising.