What Loneliness Looks Like in the Brain

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.

This holiday season will be a lonely one for many people as social distancing due to COVID-19 continues, and it is important to understand how isolation affects our health. A new study shows a sort of signature in the brains of lonely people that make them distinct in fundamental ways, based on variations in the volume of different brain regions as well as based on how those regions communicate with one another across brain networks.


Research paper . The default network of the human brain is associated with perceived social isolation

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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