Category Archives: Social networks

Social network-based distancing strategies in a post-lockdown world

Social distancing and isolation have been widely introduced to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. Adverse social, psychological and economic consequences of a complete or near-complete lockdown demand the development of more moderate contact-reduction policies. Adopting a social network approach, we evaluate the effectiveness … Continue reading

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Detecting Emotional Contagion in Massive Social Networks

Happiness and other emotions spread between people in direct contact, but it is unclear whether massive online social networks also contribute to this spread. Here, we elaborate a novel method for measuring the contagion of emotional expression. With data from … Continue reading

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Social Networks Matter: Friends Increase the Size of Your Brain

Human beings are the most social of the primates and have the largest group sizes of any species in our order. For about 90% of our existence, we lived in hunter-gatherer societies with populations that likely clustered around 150-200 individuals. … Continue reading

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The NeuroSocial Network

Social neuroscience is a rapidly growing discipline that examines the relationship between the brain and social behavior. The “social brain hypothesis” posits that, over evolutionary time, living in large, social groups favored the physical growth of brain regions important for … Continue reading

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