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What Is Social Isolation Doing to Our Brains?

'Very Biggest Questions'

Originally Aired: Thursday, June 11, 2020


In these unprecedented times, our brains are dealing with a unique blend of social isolation, existential panic and an uncertainty about the road ahead.The threat of infection can cause new daily anxieties and phobias, leading us to see our neighbors, family members and partners as potential carriers. We’ve also drastically altered the way we work, parent and enjoy leisure time; all of which have required us to create new daily routines and processes. In the past few weeks, many have taken their first steps outside to protest police brutality and social injustice, weighing the risks of re-emergence with our desire for change. For some, it’s been a devastating time of loneliness and grief; others have found themselves more productive, even thriving.

How can we support people living alone during this time? What lasting effects will this have on babies and children who spent this formative time inside and with minimal social interaction? Have our months of isolation laid the psychological groundwork for political revolution? And what tools can we use to find a sense of hope and renewal despite the bleak circumstances?

Watch our live video stream as host Angélique Roché is joined by a panel of psychologists, neurologists and others to discuss the physical and mental effects of the COVID-19 epidemic and its resulting isolation. Guests include Dr. Maurice Sholas (Sholas Medical Consulting), Zen priest Reverend angel Kyodo williams, and developmental psychologist Dr. Amy Learmonth.




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