Nicholas Christakis, Director of the Human Nature Laboratory at Harvard University, discusses how people networks impact health.
Professor, Harvard Medical School;
Director, Human Nature Laboratory, Harvard University
in conversation with CLIVE THOMPSON, Contributing Writer, WIRED
As director of Harvard’s Human Nature Lab, Nicholas Christakis leads a diverse group of scholars integrating biological, social, and computational approaches to understanding human health. A physician and social scientist, he holds professorships in the Departments of Medicine and Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Sociology in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His research applies network science and mathematical modeling to study the dynamics of health in evolving social networks. Together with James Fowler, he coauthored the celebrated book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (2011). Christakis has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Clive Thompson writes a monthly column for WIRED magazine on the everyday impact of new technologies. He is also a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. Thompson was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. His work has been widely anthologized, and he has received two Mirror Awards for his coverage of digital media. His new book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better, will be published by Penguin in September.