Understanding cognitive mechanisms of loneliness in traumatic brain injury

    Project: Research

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    Context: Individuals that suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) have high rates of loneliness. In addition, loneliness is associated with increased morbidity and mortality.

    Rationale: The mechanisms that underpin the experience of loneliness in typical individuals, as well as following a TBI, are not well known. Furthermore, interventions that are aimed at reducing loneliness are not grounded in a mechanistic framework and the outcomes are inconsistent. Currently, therefore, there is very little understanding of how cognitive mechanisms contribute to the experience of loneliness in general, as well as following TBI.

    Aim: The current project will investigate the social and cognitive mechanisms that underpin loneliness in typical individuals as well as following TBI. The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between cognitive neuroscience researchers and clinicians currently working in the North Wales Brain Injury Service in the UK.
    Effective start/end date1/10/1830/09/23