How brain processes emotions could help answer loneliness epidemic

Research over the last decade has shown that loneliness is an important determinant of health. It is associated with considerable physical and mental health risks and increased mortality. Previous studies have also shown that wisdom could serve as a protective factor against loneliness. This inverse relationship between loneliness and wisdom may be based in different brain processes.

In a study published in the March 5, 2021 online edition of Cerebral Cortex, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that specific regions of the brain respond to emotional stimuli related to loneliness and wisdom in opposing ways.

“We were interested in how loneliness and wisdom relate to emotional biases, meaning how we respond to different positive and negative emotions,” said Jyoti Mishra, PhD, senior author of the study, director of the NEATLabs and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

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  1. That’s a very interesting article and I am glad you provided a link to it. I will settle down and read it in detail a little later on. There is so much yet to learn about how the mind and the brain work. The other day I watched a video on the mind. It’s quite separate to the brain in terms of function. The mind was defined as: “Think; Feel; Choose.” and it was also stated that the neurones that fire together wire together.

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