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UCLA collaboration identifies immune system link to schizophrenia Disruptions also found in cellular pathways involved in memory and cognition   Schizophrenia is a devastating mental disease, thought to be caused by the interaction of both genetic and environme... (1 Jul 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics 4 years 41 weeks ago
Researchers find genetic link to placebo response in depressive disorder Placebos are a sham — usually mere sugar pills designed to represent "no treatment" in a clinical treatment study. The effectiveness of the actual medication is compared with the placebo to determine... (20 Jul 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 4 years 38 weeks ago
UCLA receives grant to study the impact of music on children with autism In June 2009, newspapers reported that archaeologists in Germany had discovered a 35,000-year-old flute made of bird bone. It represented, one paper said, "the earliest known flowering of music-making... (20 Jul 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity 4 years 38 weeks ago
Sexual minorities more likely to seek mental health services, study finds Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to seek help from mental health professionals, according to a new study by the UCLA School of Public Health.   The study,... (13 Aug 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 4 years 35 weeks ago
Why sleep? UCLA scientist delves into one of science's great mysteries Bats, birds, box turtles, humans and many other animals share at least one thing in common: They sleep. Humans, in fact, spend roughly one-third of their lives asleep, but sleep researchers still don'... (20 Aug 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Sleep Research 4 years 34 weeks ago
UCLA hosts conference on successful aging in a high-tech world Oct. 30 While aging affects everyday living in many ways, the latest technological advances in the medical, consumer and lifestyle fields have the potential to help older adults live bette... (8 Sep 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, UCLA Longevity Center 4 years 31 weeks ago
UCLA researchers develop biomarker for rapid relief of major depression It is a long, slow slog to treat major depression. Many antidepressant medications are available, but no single biomarker or diagnostic test exists to predict which one is right for an individual. As... (10 Sep 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Mood Disorders 4 years 31 weeks ago
Where religious belief and disbelief meet in the brain When it comes to religion, believers and nonbelievers appear to think very differently. But at the level of the brain, is believing in God different from believing that the sun is a star or that 4 is... (30 Sep 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Staglin IMHRO Center for Cognitive Neuroscience 4 years 28 weeks ago
First-time Internet users find boost in brain function after just one week You can teach an old dog new tricks, say UCLA scientists who found that middle-aged and older adults with little Internet experience were able to trigger key centers in the brain that control decision... (19 Oct 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Staglin IMHRO Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, UCLA Longevity Center 4 years 25 weeks ago
UCLA study shows brain's ability to reorganize Visually impaired people appear to be fearless, navigating busy sidewalks and crosswalks, safely finding their way using nothing more than a cane as a guide. The reason they can do this, researchers s... (18 Nov 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 4 years 21 weeks ago