Do you two know each other? Transitivity, homophily, and the need for (network) closure.

  title={Do you two know each other? Transitivity, homophily, and the need for (network) closure.},
  author={Francis J. Flynn and Ray Reagans and Lucia Guillory},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={99 5},
  • Francis J. Flynn, Ray Reagans, Lucia Guillory
  • Published 2010
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
  • The authors investigate whether need for closure affects how people seek order in judging social relations. In Study 1, the authors find that people who have a high need for closure (NFC) were more likely to assume their social contacts were connected to each other (i.e., transitivity) when this was not the case. In Studies 2 and 3, the authors examine another form of order in network relations--racial homophily--and find that high-NFC participants were more inclined to believe that 2… CONTINUE READING
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