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We use a different part of our brain to learn about who’s who in the social pecking order than we do to learn ordinary information, a new study shows.

Being able to interpret social rank is important for us to meet the challenges of living in large social groups. Knowing where we fit into a social group determines how we behave towards different people.

“These findings are telling us that the amygdala is specifically involved in learning information about social rank based on experience, and suggest separate neural circuits are involved than those for learning hierarchy information of a non-social nature,” says Dharshan Kumaran of University College London.

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