Journal article

Psychological predispositions and network structure: The relationship between individual predispositions, structural holes and network closure

Y Kalish, G Robins

SOCIAL NETWORKS | ELSEVIER | Published : 2006

Abstract

We examine the effect of individual psychological differences on network structures, proposing several hypotheses about how individual differences might predispose actors to structure their social environment by seeking network closure or by sustaining structural holes. We introduce a new triad census method to examine personal networks of strong and weak ties. For 125 egocentric networks we correlated the triad census results with several extensively researched psychological instruments. The triad census reduced to three principal components, describing central aspects of strength-of-weak-ties and structural holes theories. Psychological predispositions explained a significant proportion of..

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