Young adults hardest hit by loneliness during pandemic, study finds

As experts worry the COVID pandemic is triggering a loneliness epidemic, new Harvard research suggests some of the hardest hit are older teens and young adults.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
Feb. 17, 2021 ~5 min

COVID-19 has made Americans lonelier than ever – here’s how AI can help

AI chatbots can provide mental health support for people who are isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laken Brooks, Doctoral Student of English, University of Florida • conversation
Feb. 12, 2021 ~8 min

They don't come as pills, but try these 6 underprescribed lifestyle medicines for a better, longer life

Lifestyle medicine targets the root of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Experts explain why everyone should embrace these free prescriptions for good health.

Michael Parkinson, Senior Medical Director of Health and Productivity, UPMC Health Plan & Workpartners, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~10 min

Astronauts are experts in isolation, here's what they can teach us

We can look to astronauts’ experiences for tips to improve our own situation during lockdown.

Nathan Smith, Research Fellow Psychology, Security and Trust, University of Manchester • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

Sick of COVID-19? Here's why you might have pandemic fatigue

It's draining and depressing to stay on high alert month after month after month. Understanding pandemic fatigue better might help you strengthen your resolve.

Jay Maddock, Professor of Public Health, Texas A&M University • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~8 min

How to stay socially connected as lockdown returns - according to science

Recent findings from social neuroscience show us how we can make virtual interactions almost as beneficial as real world ones.

Philip J. Cozzolino, Lecturer in Social Psychology, University of Essex • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Isolation can cut your life short

Isolation and loneliness can have major physical and mental health consequences. New research shows socializing is critical to survival and longevity.

Jason Clement-McGill • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Did insomnia cause April’s spike in suicidal thoughts?

"Without sufficient good quality sleep, suicidal thoughts start to have a louder voice." Surveys indicate mental health risk during April.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~8 min

How to ease loneliness and feel more connected

Harvard experts suggest using creativity and looking out for others as ways to get over our own loneliness as keeping socially distanced grinds on.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

The neuroscience of loneliness – and how technology is helping us

Brain regions associated with threat and aversion, are activated when we feel lonely and rejected.

Anna Henschel, PhD Candidate in Psychology & Neuroscience, University of Glasgow • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~6 min