Latest James Fowler Stories

When It Rains It Pours: Facebook Feelings Can Spread Easily
2014-03-13 07:59:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Several studies have so far pointed out the positive and negative effects social networking has on people. While Facebook has offered millions of people a way to connect and interact in a way that may have not been otherwise possible, the social giant has also been a home for cyberbullying. In a new study, researchers from University of California, San Diego have found that feelings displayed on Facebook are contagious. Publishing...

2012-01-26 10:05:48

Who´d have thought Facebook was popular in an ancient Tanzania culture? Well it wasn´t, but the people of the Hadza group exhibited many of the “friending” habits familiar to today´s Facebook users, suggesting that social networking patterns were set early in the history of our species. While ancient humans didn´t have the luxury of updating their social status, social networks were indeed an essential part of their livelihood, say authors of a new study,...

2011-01-18 08:20:00

People are likely to choose their friends based largely on those individuals' genetic similarity to themselves, claims a new study published in this week's edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). As part of their research, lead author University of California, San Diego Professor James Fowler and colleagues analyzed six genetic markets or 'genotypes' from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and the Framingham Heart Study, seeking genetic...

2010-09-15 19:23:07

'Friendship paradox' may help predict spread of infectious disease Your friends are probably more popular than you are. And this "friendship paradox" may help predict the spread of infectious disease. Nicholas Christakis, professor of medicine, medical sociology and sociology at Harvard University, and James Fowler, professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego, used the paradox to study the 2009 flu epidemic among 744 students. The findings,...

2010-03-08 15:05:00

UC San Diego and Harvard deliver first experimental findings on spread of cooperation in a social network For all those dismayed by scenes of looting in disaster-struck zones, whether Haiti or Chile or elsewhere, take heart: Good acts "“ acts of kindness, generosity and cooperation "“ spread just as easily as bad. And it takes only a handful of individuals to really make a difference. In a study published in the March 8 early online edition of the Proceedings of the National...

2008-12-05 08:40:00

A smile really is infectious, researchers happily announced on Thursday.The team has conducted a study that shows that the more joyful people you are acquainted with, the larger the chance is that you will be happy."It's extremely important and interesting work," said Daniel Kahneman, an emeritus psychologist and Nobel laureate at Princeton."What we are dealing with is an emotional stampede," added Nicholas Christakis, a professor of medical sociology at Harvard Medical School."There's kind...

2008-12-04 22:00:12

Happiness spreads more robustly -- like a virus -- than unhappiness and seems to have a greater effect than money, U.S. researchers suggest. James Fowler of University of California, San Diego, and Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School said happiness spreads far and wide through a social network -- traveling not just the well-known path from one person to another but even to people up to three degrees removed. Christakis and Fowler used data from the Framingham Heart Study to recreate...

2008-04-19 05:18:30

With the intense competition between the two contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, pundits have mused over whether Hillary Clinton's appearance on "The Colbert Report" last night will give the former First Lady a so-called "Colbert bump," a surge in popularity which the show's host claims will accrue to any politician that appears on the show. Stephen Colbert first coined the eponymous term on his show after John Hall won in a close election to become a representative...

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