Thursday, 3 September 2015

The more the merrier for animals that synchronize their behavior

Findings may increase understanding of effects of people living in groups or alone

Date: September 1, 2015

Source: University at Buffalo

Summary: Social interaction could be the mechanism that allows animals living in groups to synchronize their activities, whether it's huddling for warmth or offering protection from predators.

This social presence affects the daily rhythm of activity and rest, and the larger the group, the greater the likelihood of synchronization, according to a study published recently in the journal Biology Letters.

"At least in mice, and perhaps in other animals, this study shows quite dramatic synchrony amongst groups of animals that can only be explained by social interactions," said University at Buffalo psychologist Matthew Paul, lead author of the study with Premananda Indic and William Schwartz of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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