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Chapter 6 - Enriched Social Connectedness and Brain Function

from Part II - Society Interacting with Brain, Cognition, and Health in Late Life

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 September 2023

Jeanyung Chey
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Seoul National University
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A growing body of evidence suggests a strong link between how individuals maintain an enriched social network and their brain health. Both the quantity and quality of social networks provide abundant social connections. Through persistent social interactions, individuals’ neurocognitive health appears to benefit from cognitively stimulating activity as well as social support. By utilizing various neuroimaging methods, researchers have found that maintaining an enriched social network is likely to lead to better neural functioning that could delay or counter the effects of neuropathological progression in late life. This chapter reviews studies examining the relationship between social network characteristics and neurocognitive health. The studies highlight that social connectedness and brain functioning have reciprocal effects. It also discusses whether larger and cohesively connected social networks lead to a healthier brain and better cognitive function, as well as the moderators of this association.

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Society within the Brain
How Social Networks Interact with Our Brain, Behavior and Health as We Age
, pp. 141 - 161
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

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