Relevant Sleep Well UCLA Courses

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Course: Physiological Science C126. Biological Clocks 

Instructor: Dr. Chris Colwell: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisites: courses 111A and 111B, or M180A and M180B. Most organisms, including humans, exhibit daily rhythms in physiology and behavior. In many cases these rhythms are generated from within organisms and are called circadian rhythms. Biological basis of these daily rhythms or circadian oscillations. Exploration of molecular, cellular, and system-level organization of these timing systems. Temporal role of these variations in maintaining homeostatic mechanisms of body and impact on nervous system. Concurrently scheduled with course C226. Letter grading.

Dr. Christopher S. Colwell is a Neuroscientist who has served on the UCLA School of Medicine faculty since he joined the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in 1997. Dr. Colwell's laboratory's research has focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms in mammals. Dysfunction in the timing these daily cycles is a key symptom in a number of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Better understanding the basic biology of this timing system should result in new therapies to improve the quality of life of these patients and the people who care for them. Syllabus.



Course: Psychology 19, Fiat Lux Course: Psychobiology of Stress Resilience

Instructor: Dr. Thomas Minor Feeling stressed, fatigued, a bit anxious? Not sleeping well? Suffering from decreased libido? Have your eating habits changed--eating too much (hyperphagia) or too little (anorexia)? These are all symptoms of psychological stress and are common in college students during midterms and finals, and in face of other challenges. Long-term effects of stress, particularly chronic stress, can be physically damaging. Recent research, however, suggests that you can use life's small stresses to increase your stress resilience, or ability to resist and recover from stress. Brain, endocrine, and autonomic nervous system mediators of stress resilience and recovery. How rest, exercise, and psychological attitude influence hardiness and feelings of well-being. Class meets on April 5, 19, May 3, 17, and 31 in 6461 Franz Hall. 

Dr. Thomas Minor is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. He is a leading researcher on brain and endocrine mechanisms of psychological trauma, stress resilience, and stress recovery. Dr. Minor also works with the Army, Department of Homeland Security, and US Marines to develop training programs that increase stress resilience in first-responders, EOC, and military personnel. Syllabus.



Course: Psychology 119Q: Psychology of Sleep and Dreams

Instructor: Dr. Dennis McGinty Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 115. Designed for juniors/seniors. Review of measurement and comparison of sleep in mammals and submammalian species, circadian rhythms and circadian control of sleep, development and aging of sleep, neural and neurochemical control of sleep, effects of sleep deprivation, sleep in psychiatric disorders, human sleep disorders, and function of dreams. P/NP or letter grading. 

Dennis McGinty, PhD, is the Chief of Neurophysiology Research at Sepulveda VAMC; Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at UCLA; and a member of the Brain Research Institute. He studies the hypothalamic control of NREM sleep, neural and physiological mechanisms that regulate mammalian slow wave sleep, the role of preoptic-anterior hypothalamic and basal forebrain processes, and particularly the interaction of sleep and thermoregulatory mechanisms in these sites. Syllabus.



Course: Psychology 164: Puberty and Sleep

Instructor: Adriana Galvan Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 10. Limited to juniors/seniors. Exploration of how normative biological and hormonal changes during adolescence influence adolescent behavior and well-being. Focus specifically on puberty and sleep, which both lead to consequential effects on behavior, health, and brain development. P/NP or letter grading.

Dr. Adriana Galván is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Her research focuses on adolescent brain development.  Specifically, her work examines how changes in brain maturation during adolescence relate to adolescent behavior and decision-making. Research questions in her laboratory are addressed using a multidisciplinary approach, including behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI) methods.  Recent work has examined developmental trajectories in neurobiological substrates underlying affect processing as they relate to risk-taking behavior. Currently, research projects address the role of social influence and peer pressure on decision-making and neural activity in typically developing children and adolescents.