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Large study finds genetic 'overlap' between schizophrenia, bipolar disorder Knowledge about the biological origin of diseases like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions is critical to improving diagnosis and treatment.   In an effort to push th... (21 Sep 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics 3 years 9 weeks ago
UCLA scientists uncover potential target for treating common form of early-onset dementia No cure exists for frontotemporal dementia, which strikes between the ages of 40 and 64 and accounts for at least one in four cases of early-onset dementia. Caused by the death of cells in the front a... (21 Sep 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences 3 years 9 weeks ago
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 3 years 9 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 3 years 12 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 3 years 13 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 19 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 3 years 21 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 23 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 24 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 26 weeks ago