A New Study By McGill Neurologists Reveals What Happens To Your Brain When You're Lonely
Can't stop daydreaming about future social interactions? You're not alone.
"In times of confinement of social distancing, the experience of loneliness is only skyrocketing," Nathan Spreng.
The study found that the brain's default network, which we use for "remembering, thinking about the future, and mind-wandering" was "specifically impacted by feelings of loneliness," Sprenger explained in a video posted to The Neuro's Twitter page.
So, if you feel like you've beenabout future events or rethinking things from your past more than normal recently, you're not alone.
"In the absence of desired social experiences, lonely individuals may be biased towards internally-directed thoughts such as reminiscing or imagining social experiences."
Danilo Bzdok goes onto explain that "this finding is consistent with the possibility that lonely individuals may more often engage in imagined social interaction" to fill some type of gap.
This new study teaches us that "perceived social isolation, or loneliness, affects physical and mental health, cognitive performance, overall life expectancy, and increases vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease-related dementias."