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Hugs Are The Best Medicine
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Hugs Are The Best Medicine

Researchers are learning more about how physical contact contributes to overall health.

Now, That's What I Wanted

Have you ever wondered why a hug from your mother can be the best hug in the world? Researchers have found out that this feeling is very common and isn't all in your head. It seems the bonds we form early in life affect us in many ways for a very long time.

No Duh's and Head Scratchers

If you need help scratching a mental itch, use the resources below:

  1. How did the bombing of London during World War II create the stage for a natural experiment? How did John Bowlby take advantage of this situation? Do you think this sort of experiment would have been ethical to conduct if the world situation hadn't created the opportunity? Why or why not?
  2. How did the behavior of weaned monkeys suggest to researchers that there was something going on between parent and offspring besides nutrition? Can you think of similar behavior you have witnessed with humans?
  3. How do you think natural selection has contributed to attachment among humans? How do you think this mechanism is acting to reinforce this instinct? Can you think of any way to test your hypothesis?

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Researchers are finding evidence that moments like these are important for human development

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