Archive Tag: Discovery Neuroscience

A UCLA-led international consortium of academic research institutions has been awarded a $21 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop better ways to prevent epilepsy following traumatic brain injuries.
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A UCLA-led international consortium of academic research institutions has been awarded a $21 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop better ways to prevent epilepsy following traumatic brain injuries. Over the course of the five-year grant, UCLA will receive $7.5 million from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. UCLA will be Read more

Paula Dutton, a 71-year-old retiree, experienced a panic attack after feeling anxious and depressed about her state of loneliness. “I thought, ‘Is being so lonely making me sick?’ Joining a church and becoming a part of that community brought her relief.
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Can social pain caused by isolation and loneliness ignite similar feelings as physical pain? Research from Steve Cole, UCLA professor of medicine and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, as well as Naomi Eisenberger, UCLA associate professor of social psychology, indicates that this is quite possible. By studying gene expression, Dr. Cole found that social isolation sets off antiviral Read more

New brain cells replace those destroyed by stroke in animals: immature cells are green, more mature cells are red and fully mature cells are orange.
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White matter strokes are a major cause of dementia. However, these strokes are rarely diagnosed because they occur in blood vessels deep within the brain. Thomas Carmichael, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, studies these white matter strokes using animal models. The findings of a recent study show that after a white matter stroke, the brain Read more

Study subjects were conditioned to fear certain color patterns, but researchers found that small rewards got them to subconsciously overcome those fears.
Christelle Snow/UCLA

A new brain scan method uncovers how confidence is displayed within the brain and may indicate how individuals might overcome fear and build self-confidence. UCLA researchers asked participants to remain seated in an fMRI where patterns of vertical lines in varying colors were shown. Some colors were exhibited with a corresponding shock transmitted to the subject several times and caused a sense of fear to register. However, Read more