Interviews

Nicholas Christakis: The Science of Social Connections (HeadCon '13 Part V)

A New Kind of Social Science for the 21st Century

A 40-minute interview with Dr. Christakis discussing changes in Social Science in the new millennium (“A New Kind of Social Science for the 21st Century”).

Social Networks and Happiness

Interview with Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler

Social Networks Are Like the Eye

It is customary to think about fashions in things like clothes or music as spreading in a social network. But it turns out that all kinds of things, many of them quite unexpected, can flow through social networks, and this process obeys certain rules we are seeking to discover. We've been investigating the spread of obesity through a network, the spread of smoking cessation through a network, the spread of happiness through a network, the spread of loneliness through a network, the spread of altruism through a network. And we have been thinking about these kinds of things while also keeping an eye on the fact that networks do not just arise from nothing or for nothing. Very interesting rules determine their structure.

Source: Edge.com (2007)