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04 December 2017

Do you itch when in a stressful situation?

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to start scratching themselves when they’re in stressful situations? A new study suggests that this kind of behaviour may actually a be a result of evolution in monkeys, apes and humans which acts as a social communication tool signalling that an individual is experiencing anxiety. It appears to help with social cohesion by reducing aggression in others. Researcher Jamie Whitehouse explains that revealing stress to others this way makes the situation more transparent and "transparency ultimately reduces the need for conflict”.

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