The Human Nature Lab, directed by Nicholas Christakis, sits within the Yale Institute for Network Science and is currently focused on the relationship between social networks and health. People are interconnected, and so their health is interconnected. This research engages two types of phenomena: the social, mathematical, and biological rules governing how social networks form (“connection”) and the biological and social implications of how they operate to influence thoughts, feelings, and behaviors (“contagion”). Other ongoing investigations in the lab consider the bio-demographic determinants of longevity and the genetic bases for human behaviors.
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