Articles in the Media

The following are articles reporting in local, national and international media relating to activity of the Semel Institute and Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. Note that links to articles may expire without warning or require registration. These articles are provided for public interest and UCLA does not necessarily endorse the content or opinion contained within such articles.

Mirror Neurons
Marco Iacoboni, associate professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute, and director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab in the Ahmanson Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, discussed his new book, "Mirroring People" in a May 19 segment on KPCC 89.3 FM's AirTalk program. He addressed how the research is changing how scientists understand human interaction and its implications for fields as varied as health, parenting and politics.
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Medscape: High-Functioning Autistic Teens Benefit From Friendship Training Program
Marlene Busko from London, UK reports that high-functioning teens with autism exhibited significant improvement in social functioning following the PEERS 14-week treatment intervention.  The program is based on overcoming core deficits in friendship skills in teens with autism which includes parent participation as social coaches. Parents and teens participate in separate, concurrent, 90-minute weekly training sessions for 14 weeks. The current study examined the efficacy of PEERS in improving overall social skills and friendship quality among 33 teens aged 13 to 17 years who had high-functioning autism or Asperger's disorder. Parents reported that their teens' social skills improved significantly and teachers, who were not involved in the training sessions, noted even more striking
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How Net Neutrality Could Sabotage Healthcare Tech
The Aging and Technology Conference, sponsored by the UCLA Center on Aging, was featured in a May 16 TechNewsWorld.com article, which focused on policy issues raised by new technology. Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the UCLA Center on Aging, was quoted.
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Mindful Practice Takes Training
Dr. Daniel Siegel, associate clinical professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Mindful Awareness research Center in the Semel Institute, appeared May 16 in a Jackson Citizen-Patriot (FL) article that discussed Mindful Awareness -- the moment-by-moment process of actively attending to, observing and drawing inferences from what one experiences.
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12 Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp
Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the UCLA Center on Aging, commented in the May Women’s Day magazine about maintaining mental fitness as we age.
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Alzheimer's Brain Tangles Found in Chimps
Research by Dr. Daniel Geschwind, professor of neurology and psychiatry; Giovanni Coppola, assistant adjunct professor of neurology; and Jeremy Davis-Turak, senior research associate in neurology, was featured in a May 15 report by United Press International, The study found evidence of the brain plaques and tangles characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain of a deceased chimpanzee.
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Family and School Stress Linger for Teens
Lisa Flook, a researcher with the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute, was quoted May 15 by WebMD.com and Daily Telegraph (UK), and May 16 by United Press International on a study finding that teens that experienced frequent fights and stress at home tended to perform poorly in school. Reports were also featured May 16 on news segments on WFLA TV (Tampa) and WGEM (Quincy IL).
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Autism Speaks News: Autism Speaks, Science, Latest Research
Highlights from Day One: Thursday, May 15, 2008 Scientists from around the world are in London for the annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) sharing their latest research information. The goal of those in attendance is to help individuals around the world living with autism, and their families, have a better quality of care and life.
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Dr. Murray E. Jarvik, 84; UCLA Pharmacologist Invented Nicotine Patch
Numerous national outlets marked the death of Dr. Murray E. Jarvik, emeritus professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, who studied the hallucinogenic drug LSD and whose research on the physiology and psychology of smoking addiction led to the development of the nicotine patch. Obituaries appeared May 14 in the Los Angeles Times, May 13 in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, May 10 in Agence France-Presse, and May 9 in the Associated Press, among others.
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Window on the Mind: Will the Antidepressant Work?
Dr. Andrew Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology in the Semel Institute, and his research were featured in a May 6 Newsweek.com article about his use of EEG to monitor how well an antidepressant works. The study, called BRITE (Biomarkers for Rapid Identification of Treatment Effectiveness), showed that the EEG readings, which measure brain wave activity, had a 74 percent accuracy rate in predicting the effectiveness of an antidepressant medication.
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