Best Comfort Foods — What’s Yours?

by Jolene

Comfort food? Again? Yup! Seeing how everyone is guilty of using food for comfort, it should come to no surprise that the DiSH Lab is very interested on how comfort eating may affect your stress and health. This is especially the case when we have recently found out that comfort eating can actually be comforting! As [...]

Meet the Interns

by Jolene

Did you know that the DiSH Lab family got a little bigger? This summer, we were happy to welcome 3 wonderful interns from YULA High School. Currently enrolled in a two-year STEM program, the students were required to have volunteer experience working in a lab, and the DiSH Lab is honored that they chose us! [...]

Already Missing Our 2014 Graduates

by Jolene

Wow, how time flies! We can’t believe it’s already been one month since our amazing DiSH Labbers graduated from UCLA. It seems like just yesterday that Megan, Rishi, Victor, and Ryan walked the stage and received their diplomas from the UCLA Department of Psychology–and took beautiful pictures with Dr. T (see below). But since we [...]

Dr. T on Comfort Eating

by Jolene

We are all guilty of using food for comfort at one time or another. But does comfort eating actually work? Amazingly, it really does! In the words of Dr. T: “Comfort-eating rats showed dampened biological stress reactivity in a stress system called the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis. Sustained over-activity of the HPA axis is associated with [...]

Special Shoutout to Kate Sweeny!

by Jolene

Kate has made unique and important contributions to the theoretical and scientific merging of social personality psychology and health psychology.  Her research focuses on threat management – that is, how people give news of, prepare for, and respond to negative life events.  Her research on uncertainty navigation processes has produced critical theoretical and empirical insights into the [...]

Angela at #APS14SF

by Elaine

What is DiSH lab doing this weekend? Some of our team traveled north to San Francisco, CA to attend the Association for Psychological Sciences 26th Annual Convention. As part of a fun foodie symposium focused on challenging lay theories about eating, Angela C. Incollingo Belsky gave a talk titled Profiling personalities of long-term calorie restrictions: Why dieting may [...]

National News Coverage on DiSH Research!

by Elaine

What’s all the buzz about? Our fabulous DiSH lab team: Dr. T and Grad student Jeff Hunger! The recent publication of their article “Weight Labeling and Obesity: A Longitudinal Study of Girls Aged 10 to 19 Years” captured the attention of major news outlets from all around the world.  Huffington Post, Healthfinder, Yahoo News India, LA Times, [...]

Total Wellness: “In The Pursuit of Bodily Perfection”

by Elaine

We strive for perfection, especially with regards to our body for many reasons: to be flawless, to be loved, and to be socially included. But what happens when the strive to be perfect has a negative cost on our physical and mental health? Allison Newell, one of our fabulous DiSH RAs, wrote the cover story for the newest [...]

Bruin Plate: “Greenest Chef on the Hill”

by Elaine

It’s the  start of another quarter at UCLA. Buying textbooks, finalizing course schedules, and getting back into student mode can be an energy draining process. But the best part of coming back is, of course, the food! The DiSH Lab has been raving  about UCLA’s latest health-themed dining hall, Bruin Plate, and we have more to [...]

SF, Get Ready for DiSH Lab!

by Elaine

The DiSH lab team traveled up to San Francisco this Wednesday to attend the American Psychosomatic Society (APS) 72nd annual scientific meeting! DiSH lab grad student, Laura Finch, presented a poster on “Emotional Eating Behaviors Buffers Psychological Stress in Black and White Girls” on Thursday. And our DiSH lab’s manager and incoming student, Angela Incollingo Belsky, will [...]