brain research

December 13, 2017

After a head injury, mental battle proves difficult for some student-athletes

By David Olmos davidolmos

Flickr/Richard Owens For some student-athletes who suffer concussions, the mental aspect of getting back in the game is the toughest part. Researchers at UCLA are looking closely at the psychological aspects of recovery from head injuries, such as concussions, and have recently begun a program that integrates a common type of talk therapy as part […]

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Considering an all-nighter? Pity your poor brain cells and skip it.

November 17, 2017

Considering an all-nighter? Pity your poor brain cells and skip it.

By Elaine Schmidt elaineschmidt

People get too little sleep for lots of reasons. But whether you’re binge-watching Game of Thrones or nursing a colicky baby, the results are the same: you’re really tired the next day. Now a new UCLA study shows that your brain cells get sleepy, too. And that can lead to some serious spacing out… with […]

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Tags: brain cells, memory, neuronal firing, sleep, sleep deprivation, visual perception


Why concussions may impact female athletes differently

September 6, 2017

Why concussions may impact female athletes differently

By David Olmos davidolmos

Scientists are learning more all the time about the differences between the female and male brain. So it’s perhaps not too surprising to know that athletes of different gender are impacted differently by brain injuries, such as concussions. Mayumi Prins, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is studying […]

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Tags: brain injury, childrens health, concussions, depression, exercise, mental health, Psychological stress, sports injuries, sports medicine, UCLA Brain Research Institute, women's health