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Why do social networks make us healthy?

by CIFAR Sep 19 / 13
When considering what makes people healthy, we typically think about things like diet and exercise, genetic predisposition to disease, and exposure to environmental pathogens.

But new research is emerging to show that other people – the social groups and networks we belong to – have just as much impact on physical and mental health as these traditional medical factors. In this talk, CIFAR Global Scholar Alumna Katharine Greenaway (University of Queensland) will show how other people make us healthy through their capacity to enhance the perception that we are in control of our lives.

A presentation from CIFAR's Building Better Lives & Communities symposium Sept. 19, 2013.