Brain Test at the UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Brain Test is a not-for-profit brain research site run by Dr. Fred W. Sabb and colleagues at UCLA.
The goal of Brain Test is to gain valuable information from a broad range of people that will help researchers to tackle the worlds most challenging problems in neuropsychiatry, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
While large collaborative efforts were made in genetics in order to discover the secrets of the human genome, there are still many mysteries about the behaviors that are seen in complex neuropsychiatric syndromes and the underlying biology that gives rise to these behaviors. We know that it will require studying tens of thousands of people to begin to answer these questions. Having you, the public, as a research partner is the only way to achieve that kind of investment. This site will try to reach that goal, by combining high-throughput behavioral assessment using questionnaires and game-like cognitive tests. You provide the data and then we will provide information and feedback about why you should help us achieve our goals and how it benefits everyone in the world.
We believe that through this online study, we can better understand memory and attention behaviors in the general population and their genetic basis, which will in turn allow us to better characterize how these behaviors go awry in people who suffer from mental illness. In the end, we hope this will provide better, more personalized treatment options, and ultimately prevention of these widespread and extremely debilitating brain diseases.
Our website is affiliated with Consortium for Neuropsychiatric Phenomics, in the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. As we are faculty and staff of UCLA, we are part of a not for profit organization, as such we will never be asking you for money or selling your information to advertisers. We have private foundation and federal funding to investigate the genetic correlates of behavior in healthy people from the National Institute of Mental Health.