What is the psychology of living alone?

People who live alone see the world from a different perspective. They tend to think less emotionally than people who are not lonely. Not only this, but the way of working the mind of such people also differs among themselves.

This has been revealed in a recent study on the brain. Some misconceptions related to loneliness have also been found in it. Neuroimaging tests (imprints of brain structure) of 66 young people in a study at the University of California found that the way their brains work is very different compared to their peers who live alone.

The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, clearly showed differences in neural responses between lonely people and their other companions in the default mode network (regions of mind-wandering).

According to psychologist Alyssa Bayek, it is indeed surprising that even people living alone were found to be quite different from each other. Loneliness is not something rare or a feeling that only happens to some people. It is such an emotional state in all human beings when there is a difference between the desires of the person and the actual relationship.

The researchers used a special MRI technique on 66 first-year college students between the ages of 18 and 21. They studied the students by taking functional magnetic resonance imaging of their brain activity while showing them 14 video clips. The video contained content that gave the least opportunity for his mind to wander. These ranged from emotional music videos to parties and sporting activities.

The participants were divided into lonely and non-lonely (those who did not feel lonely) groups based on the results. Each participant then analyzed 214 areas of the brain that responded to stimuli in the video.

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