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Buyer beware: Advertising may seduce your brain, UCLA researchers say Are you wooed by advertising? Of course you are. After all, it's one thing to go out and buy a new washing machine after the old one exploded, quite another to impulse-buy that 246-inch flat screen TV... (20 Sep 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Division of Adult Psychiatry 2 years 44 weeks ago
Awareness of ethnicity-based stigma found to start as early as second grade Students are stigmatized for any number of reasons, from the clothes they wear to what model cell phone they clench in their hands.   Now, in a new report, researchers from UCLA show that youths... (31 Aug 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Adolescence, Ethnicity and Immigration Research Program 2 years 47 weeks ago
UCLA memory fitness program improves memory abilities of oldest adults Who hasn't forgotten someone's name, misplaced their glasses or walked into a room and not remembered why they entered? Normal age-related memory decline affects more than half of all seniors, and tho... (29 Aug 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, UCLA Longevity Center 2 years 47 weeks ago
Study shows new evidence of age-related decline in the brain's master circadian clock A new study of the brain's master circadian clock — known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus, or SCN — reveals that a key pattern of rhythmic neural activity begins to decline by middle age. The study, wh... (18 Jul 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences 3 years 1 week ago
Sweating the small stuff: Early adversity, prior depression linked to high sensitivity to stress We all know people who are able to roll with life's punches, while for others, every misfortune is a jab straight to the gut. Research examining this issue has found that although most people require... (28 Jun 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 3 years 4 weeks ago
Teens maintain their religion as part of their identity during turbulent high school years High school is a turbulent time for adolescents. Every parent knows these are the years when teens begin to spread their wings, develop their own self-awareness and confirm their identification with s... (17 Jun 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Adolescence, Ethnicity and Immigration Research Program, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Division of Adult Psychiatry 3 years 5 weeks ago
Brain scan identifies patterns of plaques and tangles in adults with Down syndrome In one of the first studies of its kind, UCLA researchers used a unique brain scan to assess the levels of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles — the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease — in adult... (13 Jun 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA Longevity Center 3 years 6 weeks ago
People with body-image disorders process 'big picture' visual information abnormally People suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD — a severe mental illness characterized by debilitating misperceptions that one appears disfigured and ugly — process visual informatio... (26 May 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, The UCLA Eating Disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Division of Adult Psychiatry 3 years 8 weeks ago
Autism changes molecular structure of the brain, UCLA study finds For decades, autism researchers have faced a baffling riddle: how to unravel a disorder that leaves no known physical trace as it develops in the brain. Now a UCLA study is the first to reveal ho... (25 May 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Autism Research & Treatment 3 years 8 weeks ago
Latinas victimized by domestic violence much likelier to experience postpartum depression Latinas who endure violence at the hands of a partner during or within a year of pregnancy are five times more likely to suffer postpartum depression than women who have not experienced such violence,... (4 May 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, The Center for Culture,Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities 3 years 11 weeks ago