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.
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