Category Archives: Friendship

Having close friends may stave off mental decline

New research, published in the journal PLOS One, shows that keeping strong friendships into old age may stave off mental decline. Maintaining friendships into old age may keep us mentally agile, suggests new research. The new study was carried out by researchers … Continue reading

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Developmental psychology: Friendship wins out over fairness

When children decide to share, the giver’s relationships with the pool of recipients determine who gets how much. They will give more to a wealthy friend than to a needy stranger – at least in cases where wealth is measured … Continue reading

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How Friendship Networks at College impact students’ academic and social success

Student friendships at college should not be underestimated, as they can either help or hinder students academically and socially, according to a Dartmouth study “Friends with Academic Benefits,” published in the current issue of Contexts. The article by Janice McCabe, … Continue reading

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Cognitive Collaboration between Friends

Not all cognitive collaborations are equally effective. We tested whether friendship and communication influenced collaborative efficiency by randomly assigning participants to complete a cognitive task with a friend or non-friend, while visible to their partner or separated by a partition. … Continue reading

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Friendship networks and social status

In empirical studies of friendship networks participants are typically asked, in interviews or questionnaires, to identify some or all of their close friends, resulting in a directed network in which friendships can, and often do, run in only one direction … Continue reading

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