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2009-06-17 07:45:00

Some male and female baboons engage in strictly platonic, sexless relationships.  Male companionship comes in handy to females and their infants, as other baboons tend to pester less when female company is shared by their favorite male buddy.  However, it remains a mind-boggling topic for scientists to understand why the males opt to be platonic friends.  BBC News gave account to the study that explores baboon relationships, which was published in Behavioral Sociobiology and...

2009-06-03 19:12:58

A new theory on friendships challenges the traditional explanation for human friendship that focused on wealth, popularity or similarity, U.S. researchers say. University of Pennsylvania psychologists Peter DeScioli and Robert Kurzban say people -- and nations -- call on friends for help in a variety of disputes, ranging from trivial arguments to violent fights, the researchers say. The Alliance Hypothesis for Human Friendship suggests that people have specialized decision processes that...

2009-06-03 08:30:00

 University of Pennsylvania psychologists studying the cognitive mechanisms behind human friendship have determined that how you rank your best friends is closely related to how you think your friends rank you. The results are consistent with a new theory called the Alliance Hypothesis for Human Friendship, distinct from traditional explanations for human friendship that focused on wealth, popularity or similarity.The study, performed by Penn cognitive psychologists Peter DeScioli and...

2009-05-29 22:29:32

U.S. college students are more likely to develop interracial friends if they are paired with a dormitory roommate of a different race, researchers said. Study co-author Claudia Buchmann of Ohio State University said the study -- which took place at a highly selective private university -- found white students generally increased their number of interracial friendships during their first year of college, while black students showed a slight decrease. Overall, the results, published in the...

2009-04-03 10:30:45

Proteges can successfully gain a combination of emotional benefits, new skills development and healthy experiences with adult companionshipA study of a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America formal mentoring program, which matched adolescent girls with women mentors, revealed that strong emotional support and improvement in girls psychosocial functioning from these relationships was a dominant theme coupled with the development of new skills and confidence through collaborations.Unlike previous...

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2009-03-30 00:55:00

Across the social networking sites, online friendships range from close relationships with strong ties to looser affiliations -- but both types of friendships are useful A University of Kansas professor is researching details of relationships forged on social networking sites and determining their significance, depth and potential. Nancy Baym, associate professor of communication studies, became interested early on in how the Internet shapes interpersonal communication and of late has focused...

2009-03-16 06:00:00

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A new free social network, http://www.not4dating.com, launched today to help people make new friends, meet new people, and find activity partners. Unlike other social network sites, Not4Dating.com focuses on introducing people with common interests seeking platonic relationships within the same geographic area so they can meet up offline and interact in real life. Users looking for friends can choose to complete a detailed or basic profile including their...

2009-03-04 08:15:00

In the mid-90s, the Internet seemed like a dark place. Indeed, scientific studies from that time were documenting some real risks for teenagers, including fewer close friendships and more tenuous connections with family. It appeared that teens were sacrificing real relationships for superficial cyber-relationships with total strangers.Is this still true? Social scientists are revisiting those early concerns, and some are coming to believe that the psychological benefits may now outweigh the...

2009-02-12 09:14:06

Women have traditionally been viewed as being more social and cooperative than men. However, there is recent evidence that this may not be the case. In fact, studies have shown that men maintain larger social networks with other males compared to women and tend to have longer lasting friendships with members of the same-sex than do women. Psychologist Joyce F. Benenson from Emmanuel College, along with her colleagues from Harvard University and the Universite du Quebec a Montreal wanted to...

2008-12-22 07:00:00

NORA, Sweden, December 22 /PRNewswire/ -- An international book project initiated by Norwegian charity, Echo 2012 aiming at portraying children's views on friendship has been launched under the auspices of Swedish publishing group, Bombadil Publishing. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081222/332507 ) Children from 27 countries are joining together in a unique project to write and illustrate to the theme of "What does a friend do?" The book, which will be translated...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.