Scientists continue to conduct researches, to have a better understanding of how our mind operates. In a recent study, scientists were able to find out how the brain functions in terms of relationships with others. The CNS organ is responsible for many of human’s actions, behaviors, and personality. It is the seat of thoughts, decisions, and it determines the way each person relate with others. The study revealed that your emotional closeness to someone is a representation of what they are in your brain.
This research also revealed that individuals who feel disconnected socially tend to prefer solitude. It is a Dartmouth’s research, and the result of the study was released in the neuroscience journal. For most of this year, many around the world has been restricted due to the virus outbreak. As a result of the outbreak, governments have enforced movement restrictions; forcing citizens to stay home. People have experienced the various consequences of being socially isolated. The secluded lifestyle is particularly important in this period, but it has its impacts.
A significant negative impact of the lockdown Is that it promotes loneliness. Loneliness isn’t very much good, as it could even pose a threat to health, and initiate certain diseases like HBP and obesity. A top author of the study Meghan Meyer stated that lonelier individuals showed a different neural activity from others. While conducting the research, the scientists included around 50 individuals (ages 18-47) comprising students, and members of a community.
Before the participants were scanned, each person was asked to mention the top five intimate person to them. Apart from that, each of them was told to mention five acquaintances. It was discovered that the brain tends to represent individuals into a variety of three groups. The groups include oneself, social network and famous people. Scientists discovered that the social brain represents closer people more similarly throughout. This included the medial prefrontal cortex, the part related with the self-concept.
In contrast, lonely individuals had a blurred differentiation between the three groups and showed a decreased neural similarity. Lonely people experience a disconnection between the representation of oneself in relation to others. The results of the study explain the distortion in social connection of more solitary people. Research by the University of Bristol also revealed that there is a connection between smoking and living a lonely life. Smoking is a significant issue because it is one of the major causes of avoidable deaths. The research from the University of Bristol emphasizes the need for social support for addicted smokers.