so·​ci·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌsō-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce sociality (audio) \
plural socialities

Definition of sociality

b : an instance of social intercourse or sociability
2 : the tendency to associate in or form social groups

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This parceling of jobs is the defining feature of the most extreme form of social society, called eusociality or true sociality. Quanta Magazine, "In Bees, a Hunt for Roots of Social Behavior," 6 May 2014 Feasting is a key component of this kind of sociality and cooperation. Charles Stanish, Smithsonian, "How Feasting Rituals Help Shape Human Civilization," 5 July 2018 The second continent is relationships, from the intimacies of love to sociality more broadly. Tim Lomas,, "1,000 words for happiness," 1 July 2018 One of the most interesting things is the finding that the vasopressin in the CSF correlates with sociality in the macaques and in autism with children. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "In monkeys, researchers find possible biological marker of autism," 2 May 2018 O'Higgins is also interested in studying the origins of sociality by studying muscular anatomy and function in apes and humans. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This could be why our eyebrows evolved," 9 Apr. 2018 Part of his reason for this was the finding that the relationship between brain and sociality in primates didn’t look so clear-cut in bigger sample sizes with more controls. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Big brains come with big social groups in whales and dolphins," 20 Oct. 2017 Dunbar says that diet is a constraint on brain size, while sociality serves as a cause for brain development. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "What Really Made Primate Brains So Big?," 29 Mar. 2017 Ken is the world authority on marmots, and he is credited with emphasizing the importance of their annual cycle, which varies by location, in explaining why marmot sociality varies. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Groundhog Day: Why I, as a scientist, love it," 1 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of sociality

circa 1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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