Welcome to the UCLA Center for Neurocognition and Emotion in Schizophrenia
website. The Center for Neurocognition and Emotion in Schizophrenia,
located primarily at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior, a multidisciplinary
institute on the UCLA campus devoted to the study of human behavior
and mental disorders, is a collaboration between basic behavioral
scientists and clinical researchers.
Keith H. Nuechterlein, Ph.D., leads this collaborative endeavor.
Dr. Nuechterlein is a Professor at the University of California,
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Department
of Psychology, and Director of the Aftercare Research Program, a
research clinic for schizophrenic patients at UCLA Semel Institute
and Human Behavior. All of the clinical investigators of the Center
have long standing interests in all aspects of schizophrenia, in
how these variables determine functional outcome, and how they change
phases of illness. The basic behavioral scientists all have unique
skills and talents that, when combined with the expertise of the
clinical investigators, has created a synergy that may illuminate
one of the
most perplexing of all psychiatric disorders.
The goals of the UCLA Center for Neurocognition
and Emotion in Schizophrenia are to:
Translate major advances in basic behavioral research
on cognitive and emotional processes into new clinical research;
Advance understanding of the fundamental role that core neurocognitive
and affective abnormalities play in how well individuals with
schizophrenia are able to function at community (e.g., at work,
school, and home), and
Examine different phases of illness as well as the short-term
developmental course of schizophrenia as means of shedding much
more light on the roles of the core neurocognitive and emotional
abnormalities in illness onset, progression or recovery.
To accomplish this, we have formed teams of clinical investigators
and basic behavioral investigators for four research projects. The
projects range from those addressing relatively basic neurocognitive
processes (Encoding and Retrieval Processes in Long-Term Memory,
Attention and Dual-Task Interference) to one addressing primarily
emotional processes (Stress and Emotional Reactivity) with a project
at the interface (Social Cognition in Schizophrenia).
People with schizophrenia have terrifying symptoms such as hearing
voices, or believing that other people are reading their minds, controlling
their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. They typically have enduring
problems with memory, attention, and problem solving. Other less
obvious symptoms are social isolation, problems understanding social
interactions and knowing how to behave in social situations, and
unusual speech and behavior.
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