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Teaching autistic teens to cope Teenagers with autism spectrum disorder are in a bind. The disorder is characterized by impairments in communication and social interaction, but it's a continuum, so some teens diagnosed with ASD are... (12 Jun 12) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 1 year 45 weeks ago
Tai chi beats back depression in the elderly, study shows The numbers are, well, depressing: More than 2 million people age 65 and older suffer from depression, including 50 percent of those living in nursing homes. The suicide rate among white men over 85 i... (16 Mar 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Later Life Depression, Stress and Wellness Research Program, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry 3 years 5 weeks 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 2 years 43 weeks ago
Study uses music to explore the autistic brain's emotion processing Music has a universal ability to tap into our deepest emotions. Unfortunately, for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), understanding emotions is a very difficult task. Can music help them?... (12 May 08) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, Center for Autism Research & Treatment 5 years 49 weeks ago
Study shows that chronic grief activates pleasure areas of the brain Grief is universal, and most of us will probably experience the pain grief brings at some point in our lives, usually with the death of a loved one. In time, we move on, accepting the loss. But for a... (20 Jun 08) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology 5 years 44 weeks ago
Study shows promise for teen suicide prevention Roughly 1 million people die by suicide each year. In the U.S., where nearly 36,000 people take their own lives annually, more than 4,600 victims are between the ages of 10 and 24, making suicide... (2 Nov 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Youth Stress and Mood Program 2 years 24 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 2 years 40 weeks ago
Study shows how memory is disrupted in those with disease linked to learning disabilities Imagine if your brain lost its working memory — the ability to hold and manipulate information in your mind's eye. That's the plight faced by millions of people with neurofibromatosis type 1, or NF1.... (15 Jul 10) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 3 years 40 weeks ago
Study Shows Cigarette Additives Could Be Making It Tougher for Smokers to Quit A new UCLA study shows that at least 100 of the 599 documented cigarette additives have pharmacological actions, many of which enhance or maintain the delivery of nicotine and may increase the addicti... (31 Jul 07) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Addictive Behaviors 6 years 38 weeks ago
Study raises questions about diagnosis, medical treatment of ADHD A new UCLA study shows that only about half of children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, exhibit the cognitive defects commonly associated with the condition. The stu... (21 Jan 08) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 6 years 13 weeks ago