Welcome to the Galván Laboratory for Developmental Neuroscience at UCLA! Our lab studies brain development in children, adolescents and adults using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques.  Our goal is to understand how behavioral changes related to decision-making, risk-taking and emotion influence, and are influenced by, neurobiological development.

 
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Department of Psychology, 1322 Franz Hall Los Angeles, CA 90095 Phone: (310) 794-7750 Email: galvanlab@ucla.edu 

Press

  1. Learn about how meaningful activities protect the brain from depression here

  2. Read more about how the adolescent brain is especially wired to seek rewards here

2017

  1. Postdoc Sam DePasque received a seed grant from the UC Consortium: “Dopaminergic mechanisms underlying effort-based decision making during adolescence.”

  2. PhD Student Jessica Uy received a seed grant from the UC Consortium: “Prosocial Behavior and Inflammation During Adolescence”

  3. Dr. Adriana Galván (in collaboration with Dr. Tara Peris) received an R01 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health: “Trajectories of Brain Maturation among Youth at Risk for Anxiety”

  4. Dr. Adriana Galván (in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Fuligni and Dr. Naomi Eisenberger) received a grant from the National Science Foundation: “Giving to others and neural development during adolescence”


  1. Welcome to Kayla Oakley to the Galván Lab!

  2. Welcome to Amanda Baker to the Galván Lab!

2016

  1. Sam DePasque received an NSF postdoctoral fellowship!

  2. Kaitlyn Breiner defended her dissertation!

  3. Sarah Tashjian received a Graduate Research Mentorship award from UCLA Graduate Division!

  4. Jessica Phuong received a Graduate Research Mentorship award from UCLA Graduate Division!

  5. Jessica Phuong was awarded the Dr. Ursula Mandel Fellowship from UCLA Graduate Division!

  6. Sarah Tashjian received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!



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