RELATIONSHIP ASSESSMENT THROUGH EMOTIONAL MEDIATION by FILIPPO AURELI 1,2) and COLLEEN M. SCHAFFNER 3,4) ( 2 School of Biological & Earth Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK; 3 Department of Psychology, University College Chester, UK) (Acc. 30-XI-2001) Summary Social relationship is a concept that links the observable social interactions between group members to the inferred group social system. Social relationships allow animals (as well as the human observers) to predict the actions and responses of their partners and therefore guide their own. Social relationships can also be described as investments that bene t the individuals involved in them. Some bene ts simply require stable association and some level of mutual tolerance, whereas others depend on the establishment of more fully developed social relationships. The variation in the quality of social relationships leads to a great exibility in the frequency and quality of interactionwith various group members and with the same individual over time. A key issue is therefore to understand the proximate mechanisms underlying such exibility since individuals need to be able to assess relationship quality in order to maximise the bene ts that social relationships provide. Assessment of social relationships should be based on the
Behaviour – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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