Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Her research focuses on the long-term health effects of social connections and includes a meta-analysis on the effects of loneliness and social isolation on mortality.

Mental Health

It’s Smart to Socialize

If you want to improve your mental performance immediately, socialize. That’s the intriguing finding of a recent study published in…

Emotional Health

You Can Be Surrounded by People and Still Be Lonely

Loneliness is as big a health threat as obesity, new research finds. But there are ways to overcome it. Here’s how.

Blood Pressure

Caring Touch Lowers Blood Pressure

Nonsexual, caring touch between couples alleviates stress and controls blood pressure. Hand-holding, hugs and sitting or lying cuddled up produces…


Touch Reduces Stress

Married couples who give each other back rubs or touch each other affectionately in other ways for at least 30…