Why social isolation may cause mental illness
By ParentInProgress on December 11, 2012
How many times have you read about a murder in which the people who knew the murderer say he was "a loner"? And that he didn't show much emotion? Quite a bit. It might now be a bit easier to understand the science behind that commonality.
In a new study, scientists found that when adult mice are isolated from social contact, their brains produce less myelin (the sheath around the nerve fibers). They also found that they had fewer myelin-forming cells in the part of the brain used for thinking and complex emotions. Here's the article I read:
Kind of makes you wonder: if that person were suddenly to start socializing, would they change their future?
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