Understanding Loneliness Through Science

Loneliness may be a fundamental part of the human condition, but scientists have only recently begun exploring its causes, consequences, and potential interventions. A special section in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, aims to bring these strands of inquiry together, presenting a series More

Loneliness and Social Isolation

  • Mars missions are likely to last 30+ months. The Translational Research Institute for Space Health wants to find and fund disruptive, breakthrough approaches that reduce risks to astronauts’ psychological and behavioral health and performance. More

    How Do We Get to Mars? (And How Do We Stay Psychologically Healthy in the Process?)

    Mars missions are likely to last 30+ months. The Translational Research Institute for Space Health wants to find and fund disruptive, breakthrough approaches that reduce risks to astronauts’ psychological and behavioral health and performance. More

  • Scientists from around the world, including APS Board Member Stacey Sinclair, discuss their research on the origins, varieties, and consequences of loneliness. More

    Variations of Loneliness Include Implicit Anti-Black Bias

    Scientists from around the world, including APS Board Member Stacey Sinclair, discuss their research on the origins, varieties, and consequences of loneliness. More

  • A new funding opportunity from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks to advance scientific understanding of similarities differences and between social isolation and loneliness, and psychological scientists studying social relationships and related topics are encouraged to apply. The new opportunity, out of NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences More

    NIH Funding for Research on Social Connectedness, Isolation, and Well-Being

    A new funding opportunity from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks to advance scientific understanding of similarities differences and between social isolation and loneliness, and psychological scientists studying social relationships and related topics are encouraged to apply. The new opportunity, out of NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences More

  • Pedro Marques Quinteiro studies how teams work in space-analogue situations to predict and improve future work in space stations. More

    Back Page: From Antarctica to Mars

    Pedro Marques Quinteiro studies how teams work in space-analogue situations to predict and improve future work in space stations. More

  • Feeling lonely and being alone are different, often unrelated, states — some may find themselves feeling lonely in the midst of a gathering full of friends and some people experience few moments of loneliness despite spending considerable time alone. Loneliness is a socioemotional state that arises when we perceive our More

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    Lonely Young Adults See Their Neighborhoods as Less Cohesive

    Feeling lonely and being alone are different, often unrelated, states — some may find themselves feeling lonely in the midst of a gathering full of friends and some people experience few moments of loneliness despite spending considerable time alone. Loneliness is a socioemotional state that arises when we perceive our More

  • People who were generally secure in their relationships were able to mitigate feelings of loneliness by writing about a comfort food. More

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    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Comfort Food Fights Loneliness

    People who were generally secure in their relationships were able to mitigate feelings of loneliness by writing about a comfort food. More

  • In her final column as APS President, Lisa Feldman Barrett points to a key area of scientific research that could benefit physicians, epidemiologists, and virologists on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. More

    Mind, Body, Illness: Amidst Pandemic, Opportunities for Discovery

    In her final column as APS President, Lisa Feldman Barrett points to a key area of scientific research that could benefit physicians, epidemiologists, and virologists on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. More

  • Teenagers and young adults who intentionally hurt themselves engage in such behavior based, in part, on how they experience pain and their emotional distress, according to findings published in Clinical Psychological Science. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that non-suicidal self-injury is relatively common in adolescents, with more More

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    How Young Adults Experience Pain Affects Self-Injury

    Teenagers and young adults who intentionally hurt themselves engage in such behavior based, in part, on how they experience pain and their emotional distress, according to findings published in Clinical Psychological Science. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that non-suicidal self-injury is relatively common in adolescents, with more More

  • People who respond to stress with negative emotions that carry over from one day to the next report more health problems 10 years later compared with peers who are able to “let it go.” More

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    Lingering Negative Responses to Stress Linked With Health a Decade Later

    People who respond to stress with negative emotions that carry over from one day to the next report more health problems 10 years later compared with peers who are able to “let it go.” More

  • Research shows that feeling lonely can affect both physical and mental health and it also reveals some strategies for combating these negative effects. More

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    Isolating the Costs of Loneliness

    Research shows that feeling lonely can affect both physical and mental health and it also reveals some strategies for combating these negative effects. More

  • Psychology researchers have long been interested in close relationships, but have only more recently begun investigating social exclusion. More

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    Social Acceptance and Rejection: The Sweet and the Bitter

    Psychology researchers have long been interested in close relationships, but have only more recently begun investigating social exclusion. More

  • Psychologica scientists are disentangling social isolation, loneliness, and the physical deterioration and diseases of aging, right down to the cellular level. More

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    Loneliness is Bad for Your Health

    Psychologica scientists are disentangling social isolation, loneliness, and the physical deterioration and diseases of aging, right down to the cellular level. More

  • When we hear somebody described as “frosty” or “cold”, we automatically picture a person who is unfriendly and antisocial. There are numerous examples in our daily language of metaphors which make a connection between cold temperatures and emotions such as loneliness, despair and sadness. We are taught at a young More

    Cold and Lonely: Does Social Exclusion Literally Feel Cold?

    When we hear somebody described as “frosty” or “cold”, we automatically picture a person who is unfriendly and antisocial. There are numerous examples in our daily language of metaphors which make a connection between cold temperatures and emotions such as loneliness, despair and sadness. We are taught at a young More

  • Folks feeling lonely as the holidays approach have a lot of company, a new study suggests. Loneliness appears to be widespread among Americans, affecting three out of every four people, researchers have found. Further, loneliness appears to spike at specific times during adulthood. Your late 20s, mid-50s and late 80s More

    3 in 4 Americans Struggle With Loneliness

    Folks feeling lonely as the holidays approach have a lot of company, a new study suggests. Loneliness appears to be widespread among Americans, affecting three out of every four people, researchers have found. Further, loneliness appears to spike at specific times during adulthood. Your late 20s, mid-50s and late 80s More

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