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Perspective-taking and memory capacity predict social network size

Abstract:

Human social networks typically consist of a hierarchically organized series of grouping levels. There is, however, considerable variation between individuals in the sizes of any given network layer. We test between two possible factors (memory capacity and theory of mind) that might limit the size of two different levels within human social networks (support cliques and sympathy groups). We show that the size of an individual's support clique (the number of individual's in the innermost circ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
"University of Liverpool"
Department:
British Academy Centenary Research Project,School of Biological Sciences
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Institution:
"University of Liverpool"
Department:
British Academy Centenary Research Project,School of Biological Sciences
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Funding agency for:
R. I. M. Dunbar
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Social Networks Journal website
Volume:
29
Issue:
1
Pages:
93-104
Publication date:
2007-01-05
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ISSN:
0378-8733
URN:
uuid:12dc0429-ecf5-4dda-be03-ee981a8b8958
Local pid:
ora:3186

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