The Cognitive Value of Social Relationships: An Argument for Social Network Theory in Developmental Science

Nicole Burke
Psychologists have long been interested in understanding how the early social environment impacts children’s behavior, thoughts, and minds. From birth, children are embedded in a world rich with social relationships; however, there have been very few tools with which one could even begin to quantify the depth and breadth of children’s early social relationships. In this dissertation, I harness the insights and power of social network analysis to demonstrate that developmental psychologists can use social...
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