UCLA In the News May 23, 2018

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

More complex brain patterns could be a sign of love | Insider

If you’re still trying to deny your love for the person you’re dating, Dr. Don Vaughn, neuroscientist with the Department of Psychology at UCLA, told Insider that an increased heart rate is one way that you’ll know it’s real. “Research has found that when you look at someone you love passionately, you experience more complex brain patterns and a higher heart rate,” he said. “Greater skin conductance and increased zygomatic muscle activity (aka smiling) will also be higher than when you look at someone you love or admire as a friend or family member.”

Study reveals ‘striking’ role of race in kids’ suicide risk | CBS News

“We know that African-Americans are much less likely to use mental health services,” [Jeanne] Miranda told CBS News. “One reason for this is the lack of access to care. Even with the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the states that chose not to expand Medicaid are heavily African-American in the South.” Another concern, she says, is that African-Americans may have less trust in the mental health care system. “It’s still unfortunately quite white,” said Miranda, who also co-directs the Youth Stress and Mood Program at UCLA. “There are not enough minorities [working at mental health care facilities] and I think people don’t always feel comfortable seeking mental health services.”

Can the Bird scooter start-up control misbehaving riders? | Los Angeles Times

“What bothers me is I walk around Santa Monica every day and I’ve never seen any of the scooter riders with a helmet,” said Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director of the Nethercutt Emergency Center at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. “They seem to think they’re invincible.”… Most of the scooter injuries Ghurabi has seen in his emergency room occurred on sidewalks where a pedestrian exiting a building is struck. “If you're a 70-kilogram person and you’re going at 10 miles an hour, the force from that is incredible,” Ghurabi said. “Wear a helmet, ride with caution, ride defensively, and within reason.”

Texas school shooter’s family likely not liable under gun access law | CNN

Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA School of Law, said the country’s child access prevention laws are minimal, and only 11 states require that some firearms be stored securely. “Safe storage laws can, and do, make a difference,” said Winkler. “Studies show that requiring guns to be stored safely reduces suicide and accidental shootings. Nearly 15% of American children live in homes with unsecured firearms, but only a handful of states require guns to be locked up at home.”

California’s clean air boss blasts Trump car-emission plan | Bloomberg

Under Nichols, the [Air Resources Board] “is a beast of an agency,” said Cara Horowitz, a University of California at Los Angeles law professor. “The fact that they could create these California emission regulations from whole cloth, and lobby to have them propagated nationwide, is a testimony to her judgment and power as a leader.”

Identity in design: Is Yamashiro kitsch or cultural appropriation? | KCRW-FM’s “Design and Architecture”

But should the National Register reflect the hidden, sometimes darker aspects to a building?
Yes, says [UCLA’s Eric] Avila, and points out that at the time Yamashiro was being built, “Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants were facing a wave of hostility that surfaced through a variety of laws that were passed to restrict Japanese immigration and also to prohibit land ownership among Japanese people in California.”

Facebook’s fix-it team | Fortune

Part of the fault lies in Facebook’s business model, explains Sarah Roberts, an assistant professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies who researches social media: “The only way to encourage user engagement without going broke is to ask people to contribute content for free. But when you ask unknown parties anywhere in the world to express themselves any way they see fit, you will get the full gamut of human expression.”

Model estimates lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s dementia using biomarkers | Medical Xpress

“What we found in this research is that people with preclinical Alzheimer’s disease dementia may never experience any clinical symptoms during their lifetimes because of its long and variable preclinical period,” said Ron Brookmeyer, Ph.D., from the UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles. “The high mortality rates in elderly populations are also an important factor as individuals are likely to die of other causes.”

App helps hearing-impaired parents know when and why their baby is crying | Medical Xpress

Led by Ariana Anderson, assistant professor in residence of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, a team of scientists created Chatterbaby, which employs artificial intelligence to not only tell parents when their infant is crying, but also help determine why their baby is upset. “I realized that the cries of my third baby were remarkably similar to the cries of the first two,” said Anderson, who is also a statistician in the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. “As a mother, you instinctively know what your child is trying to tell you simply by listening to how they cry, even if you can’t see them. As a statistician, I thought, ‘Can we train an algorithm to do what my ears as a parent can do automatically?’ The answer was yes.”

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