Category Archives: Social Isolation

Social Isolation Provokes Brain Activity Similar to That Seen During Hunger Cravings

Activity in the substantia nigra is similar following a day of social isolation as it is following a day of starvation. Since the coronavirus pandemic began in the spring, many people have only seen their close friends and loved ones … Continue reading

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Social isolation during adolescence drives long-term disruptions in social behavior

Social isolation during key periods of adolescence leads to long-term disruptions in social behavior and activity in neural patterns. Mount Sinai Researchers find social isolation during key developmental windows drives long term changes to activity patterns of neurons involved in … Continue reading

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Researchers Discover a Specific Brain Circuit Damaged by Social Isolation During Childhood

Findings suggest medial prefrontal cortex neurons required for sociability are profoundly affected by social isolation at a young age. Social isolation experienced during childhood has an impact on adult brain function and behavior. Following two weeks of social isolation immediately … Continue reading

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Associations between social isolation, pro-social behaviour and emotional development in preschool aged children

Background: The impact of peer relationships has been extensively reported during adolescence, when peer influence is generally considered to be at its greatest. Research on social isolation during childhood has found associations with school achievement, future relationships and adult mental … Continue reading

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Lessons on Parental response to child’s isolation during the SARS outbreak

To examine the needs, uncertainties, and experiences of parents during their child’s hospitalization with highly suspected severe acute respiratory syndrome (HSS), and to identify ways to improve their psychological preparedness and communication with health care professionals and their isolated children … Continue reading

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Loneliness and social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Loneliness and social isolation are associated with adverse physical and psychological consequences which are particularly prevalent in older persons. During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must follow social distancing guidelines to protect ourselves and to reduce the … Continue reading

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Social Disconnectedness, Perceived Isolation, and Health among Older Adults

Previous research has identified a wide range of indicators of social isolation that pose health risks, including living alone, having a small social network, infrequent participation in social activities, and feelings of loneliness. However, multiple forms of isolation are rarely … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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How Social Isolation Transforms the Brain

A new study reveals the neurobiological effects of social isolation in mice. Researchers report a neurochemical called tachykinin is overproduced during long term social isolation, leading to increased aggression and fear. Chronic social isolation has debilitating effects on mental health … Continue reading

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