Conciliatory gestures promote forgiveness and reduce anger in humans.

@article{Mccullough2014ConciliatoryGP,
  title={Conciliatory gestures promote forgiveness and reduce anger in humans.},
  author={Michael E. Mccullough and Eric J Pedersen and Benjamin A. Tabak and Evan Carter},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2014},
  volume={111 30},
  pages={11211-6}
}
Conflict is an inevitable component of social life, and natural selection has exerted strong effects on many organisms to facilitate victory in conflict and to deter conspecifics from imposing harms upon them. Like many species, humans likely possess cognitive systems whose function is to motivate revenge as a means of deterring individuals who have harmed them from harming them again in the future. However, many social relationships often retain value even after conflicts have occurred between… CONTINUE READING
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