Your colleague's husband's sister can make you fat, even if you don't know her. A happy neighbor has more impact on your happiness than a happy spouse. These startling revelations of how much we truly influence one another are revealed in the studies of Drs. Christakis and Fowler, which have repeatedly made front-page news nationwide.
In Connected, the authors explain why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer, even how we find and choose our partners. Intriguing and entertaining, Connected overturns the notion of the individual and provides a revolutionary paradigm-that social networks influence our ideas, emotions, health, relationships, behavior, politics, and much more. It will change the way we think about every aspect of our lives.
Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, is a professor at Harvard University with appointments in the Departments of Health Care Policy, Sociology, and Medicine. He was trained both as a physician and social scientist. Until recently, his clinical practice focused on the care of seriously ill patients receiving hospice care. His research has for over a decade focused on how social networks form and operate. In 2009, he was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.
James H. Fowler, PhD is a social scientist who conducts research on social networks, political participation, the evolution of cooperation, and genopolitics (the study of the genetic basis of political behavior). He is an Affiliate of the Center for Wireless and Population Health at CALIT2 and Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of California, San Diego. He holds graduate degrees from both Harvard and Yale, and he also served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador.
Table of content
In the Thick of It (Introduction)
When You Smile, the World Smiles with You (Emotions)
Love the One You're With (Love and Sex)
This Hurts Me as Much as It Hurts You (Health)
The Buck Starts Here (Money)
Politically Connected (Politics)
It's in Our Nature (Evolution)
The Whole Is Great (Conclusion)