At one stage or another, we've all been preeetty convinced that we practically share a brain with our best pals. And whether it's your work wife, or your extra bestie, you've always known you found each other for a reason. And this little bit of science may explain why.
A recent study conducted by Dartmouth College has finally proved that fact that you and your BFF basically share the same brain. Researchers came to this conclusion by looking at how a person's brain responds to video clips, and it was found that friends had the most similar 'neural activity patterns'.
The research roped in almost 280 graduate students at the college to analyse the similarities between the brains of people in friendships, or people who share social connections. Each student was asked to watch a range of videos which covered a variety of topics, including politics, science, comedy and music, all the while being strapped to a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner so their brain activity could be monitored.
"Neural responses to dynamic, naturalistic stimuli, like videos, can give us a window into people's unconstrained, spontaneous thought processes as they unfold," said lead author Carolyn Parkinson, who basically meant to say that by monitoring people in real-time as they react to visuals, we can get a pretty good indication of how their brain works.
And by carrying out tests in this way, Carolyn was able to say for sure that the brains of friends "process the world around them in exceptionally similar ways."
Results found that 'neural response similarity', in other words, the same thoughts, emotional responses and emotional reasoning, were the strongest amongst friends. We kind of already knew this TBH, but now have science to back it up!
The research team were also able to use participants' brain activity to not only predict if people were friends, but the social distance between them. Seriously?! MIND. BLOWN.