Study: Bromances likely good for men's health
A little bromance could do you good, according to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley.
That is, the health benefits of male bonding are similar to those of romantic relationships—specifically after stressful situations.
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Previous studies in humans have shown that mild stress increases the production of the hormone oxytocin, which causes people to bond and socialize more. Male-female pairings in rats have shown the same result.
The latest study finds that such reactions also occur in pairings of male rats living in the same cage.
According to a summary of the findings, "After a mild stress, the rats showed increased brain levels of oxytocin and its receptor and huddled and touched more."
It's similar, the study claims, to when humans come together after a national tragedy.
Lead author, Elizabeth Kirby, said, "A bromance can be a good thing. Males are getting a bad rap when you look at animal models of social interactions, because they are assumed to be instinctively aggressive. But even rats can have a good cuddle – essentially a male-male bromance – to help recover from a bad day."
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