Friday, January 17

UCLA holds Brain Awareness Week for middle and high school students

A UCLA postdoctoral researcher displayed a sheep brain in front of 30 middle schoolers while explaining the organ’s importance at an event last week. “If you get a liver transplant or a kidney transplant or even a heart transplant, you would be the same person,” said Marcus Otero, a neuroscience researcher. Read more...

Photo: Posdoctoral researchers used sheep brains to explain neuroscience to middle and high school students at Brain Awareness Week at UCLA from Monday to Friday. (Teddy Rosenbluth/Daily Bruin)

Study finds link between proteins, electroconversion therapy response

UCLA researchers have found a way to predict how individuals with depression will respond to electroconvulsive therapy, a common treatment for the disorder. In electroconvulsive therapy, doctors stimulate the patient’s brain with electrical pulses while they are under anesthesia. Read more...

Photo: (Daily Bruin file photo) In a study published Feb. 27, researchers found the same proteins that prevent some patients from responding well to antidepressants might make them respond better to ECT.

UCLA study finds poor sleep quality linked to ethnic discrimination

UCLA researchers have found that teenagers who face ethnic discrimination sleep less than those who do not. In a study published last month, researchers at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute interviewed hundreds of high school students of different ethnic backgrounds, asking them if they agreed with statements such as “people act as if they’re afraid of you” and “you receive poorer service at restaurants and stores” to assess whether they had experienced discrimination. Read more...

Photo: A UCLA study found that individuals who had experienced ethnic discrimination had shorter sleep duration and worse sleep quality. (Eda Gokcebay/Daily Bruin)

UCLA researcher finds brain areas linked to thoughts on social identity

A UCLA researcher studying the biological basis for our egocentric tendencies has found that certain areas of the brain prime individuals to think about themselves. Matthew Lieberman, a professor of psychology at UCLA, co-authored a paper with Meghan Meyer from Dartmouth College earlier this month that showed specific brain regions that are activated when people zone out. Read more...

Photo: (Alice Lu/Daily Bruin)

Researchers’ treatment helps anorexic patients see appearance holistically

UCLA researchers are developing a new treatment for patients with anorexia nervosa to help change the way they see their bodies. Jamie Feusner, a UCLA associate professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program, said the treatment his team is working on focuses on how patients unconsciously perceive their bodies, which he said is a less explored aspect of anorexia. Read more...

Photo: Jamie Feusner, the director of the UCLA Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program, is researching a new treatment focusing on how patients with anorexia nervosa can train to change the way they visually perceive their body. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Jon)

Conference examines role of music in treating neurological disorders

Alex Khalil began his neuroscience lecture by striking a xylophone key with a mallet. Khalil, a professor of neurocomputational ethnomusicology at UC San Diego, and other experts from across the U.S., spoke to an audience of doctors and psychologists at the UCLA Conference on Art, Neuroscience and Psychiatry this weekend. Read more...

Photo: Experts from across the United States spoke at the UCLA Conference on Art, Neuroscience and Psychiatry over the weekend. The conference focused on the integration of art and neuroscience to create new therapies for neurological disorders such as autism. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Sports editor)

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