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Neuroscience research suggests that having more friends is linked with greater connectivity between certain parts of the human brain. The study presented at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience suggests that social interaction may be linked to the structure of the brain. In people with a large network of friends and excellent skills, certain parts of the brain are bigger than people who report having fewer friends. Researcher MaryAnn Noonan says they wanted to know how the brain operated in complex social environments, and were interested in how many friends a person’s brain could handle. Noonan says previous research has also suggested that the size of a person’s social group causes differences in their brain, but more long-term studies are needed. She added, ”If you’re spending a lot of time in social environments using social skills and your brain’s changing, maybe you’re not learning to juggle in your free time or becoming proficient at the piano. The brain is just changing and optimizing to reflect your needs, and if that is thriving within a complex social environment, that is what your brain is reflecting.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

How many friends can your brain handle?, by Tanya Lewis, http://www.today.com/health/how-many-friends-can-your-brain-handle-2D11591793, Accessed November 14, 2013.

John 15:14-15 (NLT) You are my friends if you do what I command. (15) I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.

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