As a psychologist, I study the changes in thinking, language and behaviour experienced by some MND patients.

Prof Sharon Abrahams

School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Dementia occurs in up to 5% of cases of MND. This is of a fronto-temporal type and is characterised by changes in personality, behaviour and cognition. In a further 25% of cases more subtle cognitive changes can occur, predominantly involving executive dysfunction. My research has focused on investigating these more subtle cognitive impairments and on determining the brain regions which may be involved, using brain scanning techniques including positron emission tomography (PET) and structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In addition the research has focused on the relationship between such cognitive change and frontotemporal dementia.

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