10-Minute Talks: The nature of friendship

by Professor Robin Dunbar FBA

7 Apr 2021

A close up selfie of a group of friends having fun together.

The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.

What is it to be friends with someone? Why do we have friends? What do they do for us? In this talk, Robin Dunbar provides evidence that friendships are good for us, the relationship between the number and quality of close friendships and our psychological and physical health, and on what basis we select our friends.

His book, Friends. Understanding the power of our most important relationships was published in March 2021.

Speaker: Professor Robin Dunbar FBA, Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, University of Oxford

10-Minute Talks are a series of pre-recorded talks from Fellows of the British Academy screened each Wednesday on YouTube and also available on Apple Podcasts.

If you have any questions about this talk, please email events@thebritishacademy.ac.uk.

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