Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Psychology of Loneliness

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Just finished reading a fascinating research article by John T. Cacioppo et al, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology which examines the placement and spread of loneliness through social networks.

Among the study's findings were that the spread of loneliness was found to be stronger than the spread of perceived social connections, stronger for friends than family members, and stronger for women than for men.

If you would like to read the in press version of the article in full, you can do so by Clicking Here

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John T. Cacioppo is a faculty member in the department of psychology at the University of Chicago. He is the Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience and his field Specialties include:

  • Social Isolation & Connection

  • Affect, Attitudes, and Emotion

  • Neuroeconomics

  • You can visit John T. Cacioppo's publications page at the University of Chicago and read more of his articles by Clicking Here.

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    Steve Harold said...

    In a way, despite the increase in the ability to network as provided by the internet, I can see this as increasing a sense of isolation and loneliness. A connection via a telephone line is not the same as being present in the same room/enevironment with your social contacts.

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