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Close friends share the same brain patterns, says new study

Red (UK) logo Red (UK) 10/08/2018 Harper's BAZAAR UK
a man and a woman sitting on a bicycle © Getty Images Ever wondered why your best friend(s) understand you like no one else? How many times has it felt like they've read your mind? 

According to research by Dartmouth College, published in the scientific journal Nature Communications, there could be some scientific evidence that your brains are in sync.

In the study participants were show video clips while their brain activity was measured. MRI scans found that the closer the friends, the more similar the brain activity.

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The same areas – linked to motivation, attention, and judgment – lit up in close friends. From the results, researchers were even able to predict which participants were friends – and their guesses were spot on.

The study raises the question: do people seek out friends who think like them? Or do friends become more alike over time? "We think both are happening," author Adam Kleinbaum told Business Insider. Having close friends with similar brain activity "may be rewarding because it reinforces one's own values, opinions, and interests".

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