Affiliative Interactions

Overview and Meaning

Affiliative interactions in mice, are behaviors and postures performed to gain more information about their housing environment and companions. Affiliative interactions also function to develop and strengthen social bonds. Allo-grooming is an intimate way to explore the bodies of cagemates, as well as strengthen social bonds through the  grooming of one another. Group sleeping is an inactive social interaction that is both psychologically and physiologically beneficial for the purposes of bonding, security, and warmth.


Affiliative interactions are a top-level classification of individual goal-directed behaviors:

  1. Group Sleeping
  2. Allo-grooming


General Activity


Affiliative behaviors are social interactions that function to reinforce social bonds with a group or which are of mutual benefit to all animals involved in the interaction.