Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS) researchers will publish group level non-identifiable data in scientific journals and present at conferences. All publications will be available through USC Research Bank.
Published research outcomes
- In the first 50 LABS participants (all 12 years old): 16% had psychological distress levels that were consistent with having a mental disorder; 20% reported suicidal ideation
- Sleep and social connectedness are important external modulators mental wellbeing
- Systems thinking (a wholistic approach to analysis) is key to understanding and improving adolescent mental health
- A heatmap matrix that illustrates the overall associations between influences on and indicators for adolescent mental health
- In this study of 40 LABS participants (12 years old), we found associations between increased mental health problems and a processing bias for anger and fear negative facial expressions.
- This indicates that increased psychological problems may negatively impact on social cognition and functioning in early adolescents (or vice versa; hence the importance of longitudinal studies).
- In this specialised brain imaging study of 32 LABS participants we found that sub-sections of the amygdala and hippocampus, two brain structures which play significant roles in the control of emotion and memory, respectively, are significantly reduced in volume in those with increasing levels of psychological distress.
- Research Topic: Different ways to help those with mental illness. A collection of papers presenting how mental health researchers are constantly working on ways to help people will illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Five of these papers were presented at the Frontiers for Young Minds Live Review: Special Plenary Session at Society for Mental Health Research 2018. An initiative of the Thompson Institute. Check out the video.
- "How cyberbullies overtly and covertly target their victims." The Conversation, February 2018. Dr Larisa McLoughlin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sunshine Coast Mind & Neuroscience Thompson Institute, USC and member of the LABS research team.
- McLoughlin L and Hermens D (2018) Cyberbullying and Social Connectedness. Front. Young Minds. 6:54. doi: 10.3389/frym.2018.00054
- Frontiers for Young Minds is an open-access scientific journal written by scientists and reviewed by a board of young reviewers. The journal offers a range of science specialities, including neuroscience.