Lecture: Dr. James Fowler / Social Networks

On December 3, 2009, Dr. James Fowler from the UCSD Department of Political Sciences presented "Social Networks and How They Affect Our Health" as part of the Biomedical Library lunchtime speaker series.  The audio and slides from the presentation are below.

Dr. Fowler and Dr. Nicholas Christakis from Harvard have done extensive research on the multitude of ways that our social networks shape our lives – not online networks such as Facebook but face-to-face relationships. Our social networks can affect many health issues such as obesity, smoking, drinking, and affective states.  He and Christakis recently published the book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.

Dr. Fowler is an Associate Professor in the UCSD Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at CALIT2 and the Political Science Department.  Dr. Fowler’s work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences.  His current interests include social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, cooperation, and genopolitics (the study of the genetic basis of political behavior).  For more information about Dr. Fowler, visit his website at http://jhfowler.ucsd.edu

Audio

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Slides

Prof. Fowler provided his slide deck in PDF format. If you start the audio and then bring this up in a new window, you can page through the slides along with the talk.