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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

curated: bonding over movies is in our genes

Wow. The Independent:

Chimpanzees bond over watching films in way previously thought unique only to humans

Research suggests ‘one of the most basic mechanisms of human social bonding … has deeper evolutionary roots than previously suspected’

Chimpanzees who watch films together bond in a way previously thought unique to humans, research has found.

Pairs of chimps who sat together and watched the same video spent more time together and showed more signs of social bonding, such as grooming each other.

Another study found the animals also approached humans faster if they had watched the movie together.


We are primed for storytelling, and story-listening, and — it seems — for stories told visually. Amazing.

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