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2009-03-18 12:01:28

The combination of few friends and loneliness is linked to mental and physical decline in the elderly, U.S. researchers said. However, older people who are able to adjust to being alone don't have the same health problems, researchers at the University of Chicago suggest. Social disconnectedness is associated with worse physical health, regardless of whether it prompts feelings of loneliness or a perceived lack of social support, study co-author Linda Waite said in a statement. The study,...

2009-03-09 19:33:22

A parent's depression results in a child's increased household and caregiving responsibilities and a feeling of loneliness, researchers in Sweden said. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden studied nine families, looking at 11 parents and 10 children and young adults ages 5-26. Registered Nurse Britt Hedman Ahlstrom said a family's daily life changes and becomes more complicated when a parent is suffering from depression. The children take...

2009-02-19 09:21:25

Research shows feelings of loneliness and social isolation can have an effect on the brain itself, causing visible changes in brain activity. In a recent study, scientists scanned the brains of college-age females while they were viewing both pleasant and unpleasant images. They found in non-lonely people, the ventral striatum "“ a region of the brain associated with rewards "“ was much more activated when they viewed pleasant images. Conversely, the temporoparietal junction...

2009-02-16 20:11:26

Social isolation affects how people behave, as well as how their brains operate, a University of Chicago study found. John Cacioppo said the study used functional Magnetic Resonance scans to study the connections between perceived social isolation -- loneliness -- and activity in the brain. The researchers found that the ventral striatum, a region of the brain associated with rewards, is much more activated in non-lonely people than in the lonely when they view pictures of people in pleasant...

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2009-01-21 14:30:00

It has 20 percent of the world's population with 1.4bn people "“ but China's rapid economic and social change has caused its pensioners to feel lonely and alienated, a new study suggests. Although capitalism has brought prosperity and increased political power to China, it has also caused the weakening of a traditional society that had collectivism and strong family ties at its heart. The study by Durham University and the University of Reading, published in Ageing and Society, examined...

2008-12-24 11:39:57

Nearly one-quarter of U.S. college students surveyed said their pets helped them get through difficult times in life, researchers said. Lead author Sara Staats, a professor emeritus of psychology at Ohio State's Newark Campus, said students who chose to live with at least one dog, one cat, or a combination of the two were less likely to report feeling lonely and depressed -- something they directly attributed to their pet. We might not think of college students as being lonely, but a lot of...

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2008-12-23 11:22:42

A new study suggests that college students may handle stressful situations better if they have a pet. Research has already shown that pets can improve the quality of life for people who are aging or those who are chronically ill.  But researchers at Ohio State University recently found that many college students may also benefit from owning a cat or a dog.  A survey of students at a large university and other adults in the area found that nearly a quarter of college students...

2008-12-17 15:53:40

In the 17th and 18th centuries nostalgia was a medical disease, but psychologists are now focused on nostalgia's therapeutic aspects, British researchers say. Nostalgia was once viewed as a medical disease, complete with symptoms including weeping, irregular heartbeat and anorexia. By the 20th century, nostalgia was regarded as a psychiatric disorder, with symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety and depression and was confined to a few groups, e.g. first year boarding students and immigrants, said...

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2008-12-13 16:00:00

In the 17th and 18th centuries, nostalgia was viewed as a medical disease, complete with symptoms including weeping, irregular heartbeat and anorexia. By the 20th century, nostalgia was regarded as a psychiatric disorder, with symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety and depression and was confined to a few groups (e.g. first year boarding students and immigrants). Only recently have psychologists begun focusing on the positive and potentially therapeutic aspects of nostalgia, report University of...

2008-11-28 22:25:59

Nostalgia amplifies perceptions of social support, and in this way, counteracts feelings of loneliness, British and Chinese researchers said. Constantine Sedikides and Tim Wildschut from the University of Southampton, England, and Xinyue Zhou and Ding-Guo Gao from Sun Yat-Sen University, in China, ran a series of experiments that had participants answer questions related to feelings of loneliness, social support and nostalgia. The study participants included children, college students and...


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