Archive Tag: Research

People missing genetic material along the 22nd chromosome are at higher risk for schizophrenia, while those with excess genetic material there were more at risk for autism.

UCLA researchers recently discovered how certain neuropsychiatric disorders, like schizophrenia and autism, are related to brain irregularities and genetic abnormalities. Carrie Bearden, lead author of the study and professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and of psychology at UCLA, explains that duplications found in sections of chromosome 22 can sometimes lead to autism, whereas missing genetic material Read more

Leslie Rith-Najarian examined how different marketing techniques influenced men and women to use her mental wellness tool.
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Congratulations to Leslie Rith-Najarian, UCLA Foundation Depression Grand Challenge Fellow and PhD student in the department of psychology at UCLA, for winning the 2017 University of California Grad Slam! UC Grad Slam is an annual contest that highlights graduate student research from the UC’s 10 campuses and awards a winner with a $10,000 prize. In Leslie’s short pitch: “Making mental health more engaging Read more

The 2017 Energy and Air Quality report card examined 21 indicators in five categories to assess energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and air quality in Los Angeles County.

The UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge released the 2017 Sustainable LA Environmental Report Card on Energy and Air Quality for Los Angeles County on April 27, 2017. After analyzing roughly a decade’s worth of key energy and environmental data, UCLA researchers gave a C grade for energy and air quality within Los Angeles County in the latest environmental report card. Read more

Rosie Chapman works on Facebook at her home in Orlando, Florida.
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UCLA researchers discover that internet searching triggers key brain areas that control complex reasoning, among middle-aged and older adults. Gary Small, professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and principal investigator, reports that searching the internet may promote healthy brain function during aging. In the study, one group of the participants had no search engine experience, while the other group had some search engine experience. Read more

In his famous experiment, Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov rang a bell each time he fed his dogs. Soon, the dogs began drooling in anticipation when they heard the bell, even before food appeared.
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UCLA researchers have discovered the neural mechanisms behind the Pavlovian response, which is when an individual associates a sensory cue with a reward. Sotiris Masmanidis, the study’s senior author and assistant professor of neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, explains that the Pavlovian response is Read more