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Speaker: Professor Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, Social scientist and physician, Director of the Human Nature Lab, Yale University
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives
"Humans are embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more".
Nicholas Christakis is Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University.
He is a sociologist and physician whose world leading research is on social networks and social contagion. Humans are embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits - from happiness to obesity - can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might affect your life in ways that are hard to imagine.
Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, is a social scientist and physician who conducts research on social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, and is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. He is the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University.
Dr. Christakis's current research is focused on the relationship between social networks and health. People are inter-connected, and so their health is inter-connected. 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").