From: Pacific Standard

A Brainy New Way of Looking at Friendship

How do we choose our friends? Beyond family ties, there has always been something of a mystery as to why we form close bonds with certain individuals. Sometimes, it seems, two people just click.

According to a new study, that fantastic feeling reflects the fact you and your bestie are, neurally speaking, mirror images of one another.

“These results suggest that we are exceptionally similar to our friends in how we perceive, and respond to, the world around us,” writes a research team led by psychologist Carolyn Parkinson of the University of California–Los Angeles.

So similar, in fact, that it’s possible to predict the intensity of a friendship by analyzing how two people’s brains respond to a range of stimuli. The “I barely know the guy” defense in criminal conspiracy cases may have just suffered a big blow.

Read the whole story: Pacific Standard

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