Tag: Harvard University

Facebook fast becoming a laboratory for the study of friendships

Published: December 18, 2007 | Last Updated: December 11, 2008 By | Reply Continue Reading

An article by Stephanie Rosenbloom in yesterday’s New York Times, On Facebook, Scholars Link Up with Data, explains how the popular social networking site is increasingly being used by academic researchers to study friendships. Rosenbloom quotes Nicholas Christakis, a Harvard sociology professor: “Our predecessors could only dream of the kind of data we now have.” […]

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Six degrees: A friend of a friend

Published: August 11, 2007 | Last Updated: August 16, 2007 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a landmark experiment at Harvard University in the 1960s that looked at the “small world” phenomenon. Using snail mail correspondence, Milgram asked his study participants to forward an information packet about the study to the person they knew—who was mostly likely to know the person ultimately targeted to receive the correspondence… […]

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