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December 6 2012

Being sociable will help you live longer, gorilla study suggests


BEING extrovert may help you live longer, a new study of gorilla behaviour by Scottish scientists published today suggests.

An international study led by Edinburgh University studied nearly 300 gorillas at zoos and sanctuaries in America over 18 years, assessing four personality traits - dominance, extroversion, neuroticism and agreeableness.

They found that only extroversion was linked to longevity, with more sociable gorillas living an average of 30 per cent longer than those which didnít interact with group-mates.

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