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CONNECTED: How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do

James Fowler, UC San Diego
When
Mar 14, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
Where
1130 K Street, Room LL3
Contact Name
Barbara Relles
Contact Phone
916-445-5100
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From laughter epidemics to suicide cascades to the socially contagious spread of obesity, Dr. Fowler will present intriguing evidence to show that our real life social networks drive and shape virtually every aspect of our lives. How we feel, whom we marry, whether we fall ill, how much money we make, and whether we vote all depend on what others around us--even those distantly connected to us--are doing, thinking, and feeling.  Dr. Fowler will show that these connections have an ancient evolutionary past, and describe how this will affect our new life as technology moves our social networks online.

 Dr. Fowler is a Professor in the School of Medicine and the Division of Social Sciences and an Affiliate at the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at CALIT2.  Dr. Fowler received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2003 and since then has focused intensively on social networks, health, and the biological basis of behavior.  In particular, he is a leader in the new field of 'genopolitics' (the study of the genetic basis of political behavior).

 Due to overwhelming response this event will be first come, first served.

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