Other creatures regulate each other's body budgets
A note for Lesson no. 5, "Your Brain Secretly Works With Other Brains," in Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 87–88 is:
...other creatures regulate each other’s body budgets. Ants, bees, and other insects do this using chemicals such as pheromones. Mammals like rats and mice use chemicals to communicate by smell, and they add vocal sounds and touch. Primates like monkeys and chimpanzees also use vision to regulate each other’s nervous systems.
To read more about the social basis of body budgeting (i.e., social allostasis), see the note "We regulate each other's body budgets."
Many other animal species perform social allostasis by influencing what their fellows (called "conspecifics) eat and when they eat, where is safe from predators and how to escape from predators, who to mate with, when to sleep, and so on. The ability of animals to influence each other's hormonal rhythms is called "social synchronization."
- Ants, bees, and other insects do this using chemicals, such as pheromones (e.g., ). Some evidence suggests vision might also be important.
- Mammals like rats and mice use chemicals to communicate by smell and add vocal sounds and touch. They use vision as well, although it may not be the dominant sense.
- Primates like monkeys and chimpanzees also use vision to regulate each other’s nervous systems.
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