New Evidence for the Necessity of Loneliness

May 10, 2016
Ashley Mackenzie for Quanta Magazine
Ashley Mackenzie for Quanta Magazine

New studies from many universities around the world have discovered evidence of a evolutionary necessity for loneliness to encourage cooperation between humans as well as other mammalian groups. Steve Cole, a genomics researcher from UCLA, comments on the research findings adding that, “the bigger picture is not to understand why loneliness is painful but rather how our brain is set up to move us out of that lonely state.” Loneliness is related to dopamine levels, which are also associated with depression, therefore it’s possible that breakthroughs in this field could also improve the field of depression research.

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