Psychology & Neuroscience at UCLA

Explore the world of the mind and its powerful impact on human behavior with a UCLA Research Scientist.

Summer psychology and neuroscience program for teens in Los Angeles

Program Highlights

Uncover the mystery of how the mind works, and examine the connection between the brain and human behavior.
Learn about the development of the brain and how anatomical structures affect normal behaviors as well as neurological dysfunction.
Explore the anatomy of the brain and central nervous system through hands-on activities such as a sheep brain and cow spinal cord dissection.
Understand and explore treatment strategies for a variety of mental health issues that affect millions of individuals.
Interact with clinical psychologists, neurologists, and researchers who are experts in this specialized field.

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Session 1:
June 23, 2024 July 5, 2024

Session 2:
July 7, 2024 July 19, 2024


Los Angeles, CA

Course Overview

The adult human brain weighs approximately 3 pounds making up less than roughly 2% of a person’s body weight, yet it defines our humanity and makes us the individuals that we are – and yet no two are the same. The brain is responsible for the generation of language, thought, attention, consciousness, memory, imagination, and more. But how? And what makes certain people in society behave one way, and others another? Nothing is more fascinating and mysterious than the inner workings of the brain and human psychology.

In Summer Springboard’s Psychology & Neuroscience course on the campus of UCLA, students will explore these fundamental questions and more. Our course will explore the anatomy of the human brain, how it functions, and how that correlates and influences human behavior. Students will learn about how the brain works, how that affects behavior such as social dynamics, emotions, personality, mental illness, and how psychologists study them. Students will get to construct their own miniature psychology theory, design/run an experiment to test it, and present findings to the class.

Meet your instructor

Dr. Salvador Brito

Psychology & Neuroscience Harvard University

Salvador (Sal) Brito received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, along with his B.A. in Psychology from California Lutheran University, graduating with summa cum laude honors. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at Harvard University.

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