Senior Lecturer in Neuropsychology and Director of the MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
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Goldsmiths, University of London,
New Cross, SE14 6NW
Attention deficits and reduced awareness for illness following brain damage and dementia.
MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience:http://mars.gold.ac.uk/pg/msc-cognitive-clinical-neuroscience/
BSc, MSc and MPhil/PhD projects:
MPhil/PhD projects, only:
G. Cocchini and S. Della Sala "Anosognosia for language disorders following brain damage" Wellcome Trust £96,822 (2007-2009).
G. Cocchini and S. Della Sala "Explicit and implicit awareness for hemiplegia in right and left brain-damaged subjects" funded by Stroke Trust £64,932 (2003-2005)
A. Cameron, G. Cocchini and S. Della Sala "Anosognosia in language disorder following stroke" funded by Grampian University Hospitals Trust £6,340 (2001)
My research focuses on cognitive disorders that are the result of brain lesion or brain degeneration (such as Alzheimer Disease).
Brain damage patients often show a lack of awareness (anosognosia) for their motor and cognitive impairment. For example, they may be completely unaware of their hemiplegia or their amnesia. This is an intriguing syndrome whose underlining mechanisms are still unclear. My studies on this syndrome aim to improve diagnosis of anosognosia for different deficits (motor and cognitive) and to investigate whether anosognosia may be linked to different behavioural and neuroanatomical patterns. Findings will also guide better and more efficient rehabilitation programs.
I have also focused my interest on visuo-spatial disorders. In particular, my attention is centred on neglect patients who show a difficulty in attending and detecting stimuli located on the side (usually the left) opposite to their brain lesion (usually the right). It is well-known that neglect can affect body area (Personal neglect) but it is still unclear at which extent this affects patient’s mental representation of own body parts. My current work aims at investigating the nature of the link between personal neglect and body representation.
With regard to Alzheimer Disease, I have carried out a few studies on specific attention and memory disorders, which can be shown in the very early phase of illness. Projects on this matter have been addressed to improve an early diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease and a better understanding of these cognitive processes in a healthy population. I am now interested in evaluating other aspects of this syndrome mainly in relation to memory deficits and patients’ awareness.
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