Anatomy of Loneliness, Part 1 (Episode 120)

Loneliness by Dr. John Cacioppo Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk with Dr. John Cacioppo, author of "Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection", about what happens when people feel isolated, including:

  • the importance of loneliness as a signal to our social selves
  • the physical effects that make chronic loneliness as dangerous as smoking,
  • the effects of "time out",
  • how we can still feel lonely even with hundreds of Facebook friends.
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Dr. John Cacioppo

Dr. John Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor at The University of Chicago, the Director of the University of Chicago Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, and the Director of the Arete Initiative of the Office of the Vice President for Research and National Laboratories at the University of Chicago. He has won numerous awards for his work.

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