MRI RESEARCH LABS
RISSMAN MEMORY LAB
Research in the lab explores the interplay of attention and memory, using cognitive neuroscience techniques like fMRI and transcranial brain stimulation to characterize the neural circuits that support these processes. We are especially interested in understanding the role of inter-regional connectivity, and much of our fMRI work uses machine learning to decode the representational content of distributed brain activity patterns during memory tasks. Our experiments often strive to create naturalistic learning experiences using methods such as virtual reality, wearable digital cameras, or video viewing.
UCLA SAND LAB
We use tools from psychology and neuroscience to understand and improve emotional and physical health in children, adolescents and young adults. Our research pays close attention to how social ties – particularly with parents and friends – shape emotional behavior across development. The scientists in our group are particularly interested in how neurobiology underlying emotion regulation, learning and decision making changes across development, and how early adversity shapes this neurobiology.
ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT LAB
The goals of the Adolescent Development Lab are to: 1) understand the interaction between sociocultural experience and biobehavioral development during adolescence, 2) generate knowledge about the development of youth from diverse ethnic and immigrant backgrounds, and 3) provide information to communities and practitioners about the about the unique opportunities and challenges of adolescence.
UCLA BRAINSPORT PROGRAM
To make leading discoveries through research, provide forward-thinking diagnosis and treatment, and transfer our knowledge of sports related concussion and brain health to the broader community. We strive to be at the forefront of TBI/concussion prevention, comprehensive care, and neurological health.
UCLA COGNITIVE AND CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE LAB
Research in the lab is focused on understanding the neural basis of cognitive deficits in major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia spectrum disorders and bipolar disorder. In addition, there is a strong focus on neurodevelopmental changes in healthy adolescents and those with mental illness, particularly as related to cognitive function.
NEUROIMAGING AND ADDICTION TREATMENT LABORATORY
The Neuroimaging and Addiction Treatment Laboratory (NATL) (also known as the Laboratory of Molecular Neuroimaging) utilizes multi-modal imaging techniques to investigate the neural circuitry underlying impulsivity, self-control and other neurocognitive functions and behaviors related to psychiatric disorders. A major focus of the laboratory is substance abuse, and our research aims to help clarify the links between genetic variation, brain chemistry and activity in neural circuits related to decision-making and other cognitive functions that affect addiction.
BRAIN CONNECTIVITY AND COGNITION LABORATORY
Our lab is broadly focused on investigating the relationship between brain connectivity and cognition in typical and atypical development.
UCLA ADDICTIONS LAB
At the UCLA Addictions lab we are interested in understanding the clinical neuroscience of drug and alcohol addiction. To do so we utilize a variety of laboratory techniques including experimental psychopathology, behavioral genetics, and pharmacology to better understand the causes and correlates of substance use disorders and to identify promising interventions for drug and alcohol dependence. More recently, we have begun using neuroimaging methods to complement our research program.
TRANSLATIONAL NEUROIMAGING LAB
Testing neuroimaging-guided neuromodulation!
UCLA LAB FOR NEUROIMAGING, NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, AND NEUROMODULATION
The Kuhn Lab's research focuses on advancing non-invasive brain modulation and digital therapeutic technologies, focusing on improving cognitive, affective and motor symptoms in psychiatric and neurologic and neurodegenerative disorders using multimodal MRI, focused transcranial ultrasound, and neuropsychological assessment.
SOCIAL AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE LAB
Why is it that our social relationships have such a profound impact on our emotional and physical well-being? Why does feeling connected to those we love feel so good, whereas feeling estranged from them cause so much pain? In our lab, we use behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging techniques to understand how our need for social connection has left its mark on our minds, brains, and bodies.
The Green Laboratory is a clinical research team dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders through a better understanding of cognition, social cognition, and motivation. In addition, the Green Lab has a program of research to understand and improve community integration for homeless Veterans.
The Bearden lab’s research aims to understand genetic, cognitive and neurobiological risk factors for the development of adolescent-onset neuropsychiatric disorders. We are examining these questions through two complementary lines of research: 1) The investigation of intermediate neuroanatomic and cognitive traits associated with the development of psychosis and mood disorder; and 2) The study of neurobehavioral manifestations of syndromes with an identified genetic origin.
COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE LAB
Broadly, research in the Computational Social Neuroscience Lab investigates how our brains represent and navigate the social world. We take a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on theory and methods from cognitive neuroscience, machine learning, social network analysis, and social psychology.
LENARTOWICZ ATTENTION, BRAIN & DATA SCIENCE LAB
Our research intersects neuroimaging (to measure brain mechanisms), attention science (to understand deficits and lapses), and application of mobile technologies (to translate basic science into real life solutions).
SENSORY COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEURODEVELOPMENT (SCAN) LAB
The SCAN lab uses multiple approaches (neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and behavioral assessments) to understand the mechanisms underlying atypical sensory processing across different clinical and high-risk groups. We are also testing potential interventions that can target these mechanisms. We hope that our research will provide insight into the development of more personalized and effective treatments to improve quality of life for individuals with sensory processing challenges