Chimpanzees Feel Empathy Like Humans


Social closeness is important, for example, when consolation is given, thus concluding a scientific study that analyzes human behavior.

Researchers studied animals while studying humans, what this group intended to see how it works in adult humans, was the mechanism of consoling someone, a victim of something, someone sad, for example.

Empathy is the right word, as is the case with chimpanzees, or with children, both target groups of various studies on this subject. About adult humans, however, the research is minor.
A study led by Marie Rosenkrantz, published in Plos One and summarized by the Science Daily, came on the scene. As with animals, the researchers looked at surveillance camera images to draw some conclusions. We analyzed 249 people and the moments immediately after 22 rounds in a commercial context, as an example that results in emotional disturbances.

The researchers investigated whether factors such as social proximity (age group, work in the same place, among others) or even the sex of the people, affect physical comfort, such as touch or a hug.

The team, made up of members of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Crime and Law Enforcement in the Netherlands, concluded that greater social proximity, rather than physical proximity to the person or event, is O Most important when one person consoles another. The conclusion in question runs counter to the theory that empathy plays an important role in the type of situations presented.

While women are more likely to comfort someone, both sexes also get comfort if something bad happens. The more dangerous and serious the situation, the more likely the act is.
Such a situation is repeated with chimpanzees, according to what is already documented, scientists conclude that both species react through empathy. The patterns presented by adult humans resemble those observed in the behavior of primates in the post-aggression reaction.

“The single-chamber observations in the context of violent real-life crime show that human adults conspire similarly to what is seen among chimpanzees”, said Marie Rosenkrantz.

The authors of this study also emphasize that this type of research, comparative among different species, is useful to understand the minds of animals.