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Verbatim — mind-reading, cronuts and taking your medicine

UCLA faculty members are quoted every day in the national media on a wide range of topical subjects. Here is a recent selection.
John Villasenor 150x150“The technique of functional MRI (fMRI), which measures changes in localized brain activity over time, can now be used to infer information regarding who we are thinking about, what we have seen, and the memories we are recalling.”
John Villasenor, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, in a July 26 op-ed in The Atlantic about the potential legal implications of fMRI brain scanning, which in certain circumstances has allowed scientists to infer thought from brain activity.

Nicole Prause "In other words, hyper-sexuality did not appear to explain brain differences in sexual response any more than simply having a high libido. Potentially, this is an important finding. It is the first time scientists have studied the brain responses specifically of people who identify as having hypersexual problems."

Nicole Prause, a researcher in the department of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, quoted July 24 on CBS about her study examining brain responses to sex-related pictures in individuals considered to be suffering from a sexual addiction.

Alison Carruth 150 x150"There is a kind of fundamental and even primal impulse in the human brain for food to also be pleasurable and to be communal and shared and delicious. The waiting itself is a huge part of the pleasure. Not only because we feel we're participating in something that's fashionable or trendy, but because we're sort of signaling that we value a certain kind of experience."

Allison Carruth, assistant professor of English and a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, interviewed July 13 on NPR's "Weekend Edition" about the cronut, a deep-fried croissant-donut hybrid that has become a new food craze.
David Miklovitz“The goal of [psychiatric] medications is to bring someone back to a stable mood state. It’s also to prevent the disorder from happening again. ... Sometimes people will go off their medications because they feel better and think they’re cured. They still have an illness, and it can recur. People need to take the medications preventively so it doesn't happen."
David J. Miklowitz, professor of psychiatry and director of the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, quoted July 8 in an Everyday Health column about adolescents who stop taking their prescribed medications.
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