Network Science Improving Health in Honduras (video)

Can network science be used to improve health more cost-effectively in the developing world? We believe that because people are connected, their health is connected. Can social networks be utilized to influence behavior and, more importantly, be leveraged to achieve positive outcomes? To study this concept, researchers in the Human Nature Lab are spearheading a public health research study in Honduras, trying to map the extent to which improvements in health behaviors can ripple through social connections. The goal of the project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is to evaluate the effectiveness of using social network strategies to implement maternal and neonatal health interventions in rural settings. In the videos below (one short and one long) we discuss our driving motivations, our research design details, and our goals for the project. Please watch!

In a game of wealth, fat cats who don’t share keep winning

PBS Newshour: An online game asks players to share some of their wealth on faith that the others will reciprocate. But each player has the option of choosing not to share, amassing more and more wealth. In designing a game to test human behaviors that fuel economic inequality, Yale University researchers are finding that the poor stay poor and the rich stay rich. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.

The Dangers of Visible Inequality

Many commentators have pointed to disturbances in Ferguson and elsewhere over the past year as proof that economic inequality leads to tensions and even violence. But new research out from the Human Nature Lab at the Yale Institute for Network Science suggests that it’s not the presence of inequality that causes problems, but rather the visibility of that inequality. Read more.

Click here to read the paper published in Nature.