One Size Does Not Fit All -The need for tailoring in obesity treatment

by Emilie

Researchers from the University of Sheffield once again showed that the too commonly proposed “one-size fits all” paradigm for weight-loss falls short when it comes to providing successful treatment for obesity. The authors of the study observed that obese individuals are currently all treated the same, regardless of how healthy they are, where they live, […]

Sugar high or sugar low? How sugar influences the stress response

by Emilie

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of California, Davis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service brings up an interesting finding that might help explain why it is so hard to break the soda habit; drinking sugar sweetened beverages can suppress cortisol and the stress response in the brain. The […]

Social While Alone -How comfort food can make you feel like you belong

by Emilie

As you may know comfort food is a hot topic here in the DiSH lab. Not just because it tastes really good and we all enjoy indulging in it from time to time, but also because much of our current research involves investigating the effect of comfort food on stress and health. Researchers from the […]

Natalie got into dental school!

by Emilie

We are so happy to announce that our awesome RA, Natalie Okuhara, got accepted to the dental school of her choice, and will be attending the University of Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s Class of 2018! Natalie has been a great asset here in the DiSH lab, and we’ll be sorry to see […]

Congratulations Victor!

by Emilie

One of our former RA’s, Victor Shiau, just accepted UCLA’s offer of their Master’s program in Epidemiology! Through his years as an undergraduate student at UCLA, Victor assisted in numerous studies in the DiSH lab, and was of tremendous help.  We are all so happy that he is doing so well, and can’t wait to […]

Dr. T discusses the importance of promoting psychological science with Congressman Ted Lieu!

by Emilie

Dr. T recently met with Congressman Ted Lieu. UCLA is in Representative Lieu’s district, and Dr. T communicated to him the importance of psychological science. Here’s what she had to say about the encounter: “I met with Representative Lieu, who was extremely nice and clearly very committed to promoting research. I talked to him about […]

Traci Mann featured in StarTribune!

by Emilie

Traci Mann’s intriguing work was recently covered in StarTribune! As you may know, Traci Mann was Dr. T’s graduate advisor and her research focuses on many of the same topics as we study here in the DiSH lab. By revealing the powerful effects of our eating habits on wellness, Traci Mann is known to bust […]

Dr. T and Angela on the LA Times!

by Jolene

More press release for our awesome study by grad student Angela, Dr. T, and Dr. Andrew Ward! It seems like everyone is curious to know what weight stigma smells like and this time they’re on the LA Times! You won’t want to miss out on how they used a tricky manipulation where participants rated odorless “scent samples” […]

What does weight stigma smell like? DiSH paper released on UCLA’s website!

by Emilie

One of our grad students, Angela Incollingo Rodriguez’s, paper: What does weight stigma smell like? Cross-modal influences of visual weight cues on olfaction, written in collaboration with Dr. T and Dr. Andrew Ward, just got released on UCLA’s website! The findings suggest that the effects of weight stigma are broader than previously recognized, as visual […]

Stop worrying about what to eat, knowing why might be enough!

by Emilie

In light of the current obesity epidemic, ample effort has been put into trying to help consumers make healthier eating choices. Commonly proposed strategies have been better food labeling and improved nutritional knowledge. However, according to a new study published in the Journal of Marketing Research, enhancing people’s ability to recognize their true emotions may […]