Neuroimaging and Psychophysiology Core
Director: Emeran A. Mayer, MD
Co-Director: Bruce Naliboff, PhD
The UCLA Brain Imaging and Psychophysiology Core (NIC) uses a variety of techniques ranging from assessment of defensive reflexes (including startle and prepulse inhibition) to multimodal brain imaging, including structural (sMRI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to characterize brain systems relevant to stress, pain and emotions, and related disorders. The approach aims to identify neurobiological endophenotypes which are closely related to behavioral variables, and which show associations with candidate genes.