Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Are your social networks making you fat? Lab discussion readings



A recent NYT Sunday Magazine cover story summarizes the work of Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler on the Framingham data.  The find social network changes to predict obesity, smoking and happiness over 20 years, with specific network features accounting for different outcome behaviors.

I have the NYT article and the journal articles on my Health web site, at http://www.uic.edu/classes/psych/Health/. Look at the article of the week for the NYT piece, and at Week 1 readings for the journal articles.

Comment at will, & read for Wednesday.
On Wednesday we will also begin discussing potential grant applications.

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