What Are Friends For?
Social Bonds in Baboons, Humans, and Other Primates
Undergraduate discussion lunch with
Evolutionary Anthropologist Joan Silk
of the University of California, Los Angeles
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Hutton Honors College Great Room (811 E. Seventh St.)
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: See details below
What do close and lasting social bonds among primates tell us
about human friendships? Joan Silk has found that while many
animals live in groups, humans and other primates are unusual because
individuals establish close and lasting social bonds within their groups
and the capacity and motivation to establish and nurture such close
relationships have been significant factors in the evolution of
over millions of years. Such bonds are particularly pronounced in female
baboons, and data derived from long-term studies suggest that social
bonds help females cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday
life. Additionally, these findings closely parallel evidence that social
ties have positive effects on physical and mental health in humans and
that the quality of the bonds are more important than the number. Bring
a friend (or two) and join us for lunch with Silk to discuss the
significance and benefits of close social relationships!
SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this
undergraduate event, please check your schedule to make sure you are
available for the entire event and e-mail Anna Duquaine
(email@example.com), indicating you wish to sign up for the "Joan
Silk" program and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and
field(s) of study. If you wish to bring a friend (or two), please
provide the information noted. Space is limited
so we will let you know by e-mail
if a space was available when you replied.
Silk is the fifth of seven primatologists
visiting campus this fall to deliver public lectures on primate behavior
as part of themester programming on Good Behavior, Bad Behavior:
Molecules to Morality. Her public lecture, "What are Friends For? The
Adaptive Value of Social Bonds," is scheduled for Thursday,
Nov. 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., in Whittenberger
Auditorium, IMU. For
more information on
the lecture series, which is co-sponsored by the Center for the
Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, click here.
Please direct any questions about the series to its organizers,
anthropology Professors Michael Muehlenbein (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kevin
Hunt (email@example.com). More information on Silk's work is available here.