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The rewarding nature of social contact

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Science  29 Sep 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6358, pp. 1353-1354
DOI: 10.1126/science.aao7192

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Some of the most fascinating questions in theology and philosophy are now being tackled by the social and affective neurosciences. For example, are people inherently good? Are our capacities for love, empathy, and altruism uniquely human? Are we designed for monogamy? On page 1406 of this issue, Hung et al. (1) provide an important step in a long history of scientific attempts to address these questions about our social nature.