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For the love of loneliness

By Elizabeth Kirkwood  

Loneliness can kill you. Well, perhaps not directly, but experienced at an acute level over a prolonged period, a sense of isolation will almost certainly shorten your life expectancy, that is, according to neuroscientist John Cacioppo, who was speaking at the RSA earlier this week about his latest book, Loneliness: human nature and the need for social connection.

Cacioppo, who is generally regarded as the founding father of social neuroscience, presents a convincing case.  The fruits of his 30 year study…

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