Pre-Graduate Series

Our pre-graduate series showcases psychology articles written by undergraduate and recently graduated students under the mentorship of a current UCLA graduate student. Check back each spring for new blogs.

This article discusses the therapeutic benefits of pets on human health, emphasizing their role in enhancing physical activity, improving mood, and providing emotional support. Through personal experience and scientific research, it underscores the transformative impact of pet ownership on individuals’ well-being.

September 27, 2023

This article delves into the profound impact of traumatic childhood experiences on an individual’s cognition and memory. It discusses how childhood trauma can lead to memory retrieval problems, such as dissociative amnesia, and impairments in working memory, emphasizing the need for effective interventions and therapeutic approaches to assist survivors in improving their mental well-being.

September 27, 2023

4.4% of Adults in the United States are clinically diagnosed with ADHD, and 32.7% of ADHD adults rely on stimulants for treatment. However, in 2022 the FDA announced that there was a drug shortage, which also impact Adderall production. Adderall is the most common medication prescribed to ADHD patients and a lack of this medicine leads to both physical and mental withdrawal effects.

May 31, 2023

Have you ever wanted to train your brain? Neurofeedback has been claimed to aid in the treatment of several disorders and cognitive patterns such ADHD, depression, epilepsy, and others–particularly conditions resistant to treatment.

February 27, 2023

One characteristic of autism that has been scarcely researched is manifestation differences between biological sexes, with damaging consequences. Moreover, male social rejection is much easier to detect than the more passive female exclusion in the autism population.

February 27, 2023

Non-sleep deep rest (NSDR) and Yoga Nidra are two trendy practices that are typically grouped together because they are both utilized to reduce stress, achieve deep relaxation, and induce sleep. In this blog post, I will outline the empirically demonstrated benefits and future potentials of Yoga Nidra.

February 27, 2023

The recent opioid epidemic has caused society to re-evaluate our current pain management practices. This article explores a unique option, music therapy, as a potential new treatment.

October 6, 2022

An investigation into the effectiveness of Sans Forgetica, a font created to be intentionally difficult to read to engage readers and potentially improve recall ability.

May 26, 2022

Colors play an important role in data visualization. They can enable an elegant, easy-to-read visualization, but can also confuse viewers when used incorrectly. Read about how to better use colors for your next visualization here.

May 19, 2022

Do you know what a Magnolia tree and the Pythagorean Theorem have in common? They are both eponyms, which are terms derived from people’s names (Strous & Edelman, 2007). Eponyms are often used to honor someone’s achievements, however, sometimes the person rewarded with a finding named after them was not actually the one to discover it in the first place.

October 8, 2021

There can be severe long-term effects of alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, and ecstasy on various cognitive abilities.

September 27, 2021

The pandemic underlines the interplay between parental distress and children’s emotional and behavioral well-being & provides us with an opportunity to think about parental resources, perceptions, and coping strategies to enhance parenting effectiveness and parenting behavior.

July 26, 2021