Study reveals lonely people showed reduced activity in the anterior insular cortex, an area of the brain associated with trust formation. The anterior insular cortex was less prominently connected to other brain regions in those who expressed feelings of loneliness.
Over 50% of people surveyed reporting they feel uneasy about returning to in-person interactions, regardless of vaccination status, following covid lockdowns. Researchers share their thoughts on how social isolation and resocialization could impact the brain.
Emotional support animals provide quantifiable benefits for people with mental health problems who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and loneliness.
Those who report feeling consistently lonely and socially isolated between the ages of 45 and 64 have an increased risk of developing dementia later in life. However, the risk can be reversed if people embark on activities to expand their social lives and become less lonely.
Specific brain regions respond in opposing ways when exposed to emotional stimuli associated with loneliness and wisdom.
A new study reveals an increase in students reporting symptoms of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. 83% of students surveyed reported their mental health had impacted their academic performance within the past month.
Neuroimaging reveals several differences in the brains of lonely people, specifically in the default network. Researchers found greater gray matter density and stronger connectivity in the default networks of lonely people.
People with Parkinson's disease who have less social interaction are at greater risk for developing more severe symptoms of the disease than those who are less lonely.