Editor’s Note: We are pleased to bring you this article by Sian Beilock, thanks to our collaboration with the Greater Good Magazine. (Pic by Leigh Wells)
Ever wonder why some people have more friends than others? Why some run in large and complex social circles while others have a small group of acquaintances? There are no doubt a variety of factors that influence the extent of our social networks. New research shows, however, that one factor we may not have considered before is right inside our head.
In a paper published recently in Nature Neuroscience, researchers showed that the number of friends we have could be predicted by the size of our amygdala—a small, almond-shaped region located deep inside our brains. [Read more…] about More Friends, Bigger Brain