Chapter 7: Chameleons Live Long

Empathy, attachment and social grooming

On attachment

"...Back in the 1960s, some people called the University of Wisconsin at Madison primate lab at 600 N. Park the “Goon Park” — and not just because of the address — and the scientist who worked there, Harry Harlow, eccentric or even pure crazy. Yet no matter how insane the research done at Goon Park appeared at the time, it has changed the way we now see love and attachment — both between monkeys and between humans, too....." [excerpt from Growing Young]

Harlow's attachment experiments

Kashasha, Tanzania - where the laughter epidemic happened

Primatologist Frans de Waal on empathy

  • What are the links between commitment-phobia and health?

  • Why is Botox bad for longevity?

  • Why hairy Lithuanian men may not live to 100 (clue - it has something to do with empathy)

  • Why is line dancing better for health than your typical disco?

  • Answers to these questions (and much more!) in the book