Humans all have a need for social connection and belonging. When these needs are not met, loneliness can be devastating to the health of the person affected. It is often accompanied by a feeling of being misunderstood by others. Researchers have recently identified a scientific explanation for this feeling, revealing a unique brain function in these people.
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Loneliness is not only illustrated by not being surrounded by many people. It can also be felt by a person who has difficulty making themselves understood by those close to them. This feeling could come from the fact that the person thus “isolated” is in fact presenting a different way of thinking. As part of their study published in Psychological Science, researchers from the University of California American, founded in 1868, including…) sought to verify this theory (The word theory comes from the Greek word theorein, which means “to contemplate, observe,…).
They then analyzed the functional MRI of 66 students aged 18 to 21. 2 groups of individuals were distinguished: those suffering from loneliness, and a second group of non-lonely people (based on their responses to a questionnaire (Questionnaires are one of the research tools for the human and social sciences, in …), but also on the results of additional, more objective analyses, carried out by psychologists). Each participant had to watch a series of 14 videos on various themes (sporting events, party scenes, sentimental music videos, etc.). The fact of regularly varying the style of video (Video brings together all the techniques, technology, allowing recording as well as…) made it possible to minimize moments of distraction for the participants.
The researchers collected patients’ fMRI images during the 60 minutes they watched the videos, as well as for the next 30 minutes. The objective being to measure cerebral activity depending in particular on the level of oxygen (Oxygen is a chemical element of the chalcogen family, etc.) in the blood (Blood is a liquid connective tissue made up of free cell populations, including…). These images revealed rather similar brain functioning between non-lonely people. However, they also revealed not only a stark difference with lonely people, but also significant differences within the group of individuals suffering from loneliness. These observations (Observation is the action of attentively monitoring phenomena, without wanting to…) therefore suggest that solitude has impacts on brain functioning, but also that these impacts differ from one person to the next. other.
Non-lonely people all seem to process information the same way, whereas lonely people see things in a completely different way, specific to each individual. An essential question, however, remains unanswered: is it the solitude of an individual which generates specific cerebral functioning, or the opposite (In mathematics, the inverse of an element x of a set provided with a law of…) ?
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