Here’s a new term I want you to know: SOCIAL BRAIN HYPOTHESIS
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The background: The social brain hypothesis says that our brains like to be around other people and around other brains.
- A lot of research is being done to see the negative effects on our brain if we’re socially isolated.
The Doctor’s Expert Insights:
The big picture: A new study published in the journal Neurology actually shows some very important things.
The first thing it tells us is that being around other people, being social prevents or reduces the risks of getting dementia.
And, number two: the study found that actual parts of our BRAIN CHANGE when we’re socially isolated.
Take home message: The study found that your brain’s frontal lobe, brain’s hippocampus, and a region called the temporal region–all of these areas actually change after being socially isolated.
Your brain kind of SHRINKS!
Doctor’s quote: For GOOD, optimal mental health, we’ve got to take time out and connect with other people.
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I know some of you are socially isolated or you’re afraid of social encounters.
The good news here for you is that you don’t have to be in a room full of people.
Just interacting with one or two good friends, makes a world of a difference to your brain’s health!