The Science of Social Networking

Did you know that “each additional happy friend increases a person’s probability of being happy by about 9%?”  Dr. James Fowler, a Harvard University-trained Ph.D., has been researching the science of happiness through social networking for years.  In his research, he delves deeply into the way people communicate with one another, and how happiness, ideas and even diseases are spread within social circles and beyond.

Dr. Fowler is a professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science at UC San Diego. His work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences, with a focus on social networks, quality of life (e.g., happiness), behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation (i.e., likelihood of voting) and genopolitics.  Among many other findings, Dr. Fowler has discovered that the friends and social networks we choose are partially based on genetic predispositions.  He also found that social networks can be used to forecast contagious outbreaks. The principle of this study can be “generalized to other biological, psychological, informational, or behavioral contagions that spread in networks.”

Dr. Fowler was recently named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, one of Foreign Policy‘s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” and “Most Original Thinker of the Year” by The McLaughlin Group. His research has been featured in numerous best-of lists, including New York Times Magazine’s “Year in Ideas,” Time‘s “Year in Medicine,” Discover Magazine’s “Year in Science” and Harvard Business Review’s “Breakthrough Business Ideas.”

To learn more about the science of social networking, join Dr. Fowler at the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference.

For more information about the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific (TAMTP) Conference (October 7-9, 2012), contact information and list of speakers, please visit the following link:

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