Why men may have evolved better than women at reconciling with rivals

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Men’s historical dominance of the workplace may, in part, be because of their ability to reconcile with enemies after conflict, a new study suggests.

Studies showed that male and female chimps acted differently in the aftermath of fights, with males much more inclined to engage in reconciliation behaviours.

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[Scientists] looked at recordings of tennis, table tennis, badminton and boxing involving men and women from 44 countries…[A]cross the four sports observed, men spent significantly more time touching than females, in what the authors term “post-conflict affiliation”.

The authors conclude that men in these sports are doing exactly what the male chimpanzees are doing – investing more time in patching up their differences so that they can potentially work together down the line.

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Prof Benenson believe that overall, her new work shows that these reconciliation abilities are an “evolved sex difference that still operates today”.

“That men are more likely to reconcile after a conflict supports other studies showing that male-male relationships are generally different than female-female relationships,” said Prof Robert Deaner.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Men may have evolved better ‘making up’ skills

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