BRAIN’S NEU­RAL RE­SPONSES CAN PRE­DICT WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE

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A study out of Dart­mouth in the UK has found that friends have sim­i­lar neu­ral re­sponses to real-world stim­uli like watch­ing video clips. And these sim­i­lar­i­ties can help pre­dict who would make a great friend or help some­one pre­dict who your friends are. The study also found that we share some sim­i­lar­i­ties in neu­ral pat­terns with friends of friends as well. Pub­lished in the jour­nal ‘Na­ture Com­mu­ni­ca­tions’, the study is the first of its kind, link­ing brain pat­terns with real-life so­cial net­works. This re­search tells us that, when we meet some­one we know, our brain im­me­di­ately lets us know how im­por­tant they are to us and what po­si­tion they hold in our so­cial life. The next step in this re­search will be to find out if we’re nat­u­rally at­tracted to peo­ple who view the world pretty much the way we do our­selves.

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