Teddy bears could help socially excluded

Feeling as though we belong is important for our mental and physical wellbeing. Social exclusion hurts and it darkens our mood.

Unfortunately, this sets up a vicious circle because we're then less likely to engage in friendly, prosocial acts, and so less likely to form new bonds with others.

A new study documents an effective way to break this cycle - excluded people should touch a teddy bear.

Read more on our Research Digest.