Date published: 2/1/2018

A study led by Professor Carolyn Parkinson, published in the journal Nature Communications, is receiving national and international news coverage. The study found that friends have exceptionally similar neural responses to naturalistic stimuli, such as videos, and that patterns of brain activity can be used to predict the "degrees of separation" between people in their real-world social network. The results suggest that we are exceptionally similar to our friends in how we perceive and respond to the world around us.

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