Parts of brain may help reduce social isolation

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New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Turns out, people who misuse opioids, isolate themselves from their loved ones which poses as a problem. Researchers identified a region in the brain that may be responsible for opioid-related social isolation and suggested that activating this part could at least partially revive the urge to socialise among opioid addicts. The team focused on a brain area called the insula, which plays an important role in social, addictive, and empathy-related behaviours. For the study, the researchers paired male rats and randomly assigned one of each pair to be trapped in a plastic tube in a cage. The other rat in the pair could easily release the trapped animal by pushing on a door.

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