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The Brain Stimulation Lab @ HW

The lab is devoted to study body representation and emotional processing, making use of brain stimulation techniques. Check out how we can electrify your mind!

CURRENT PROJECTS

 

"Enhancing memory binding abilities across age using tDCS" 

Project funded by Alzheimer Scotland Action on Dementia.

Recent studies suggest that transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) can enhance Visual Short term Memory (VSTM) capacity (Tseng et al., 2012). Binding is a cognitive construct that operates in VSTM but can be dissociated from other VSTM functions (Parra et al. 2014). Binding is vulnerable to abnormal variants of ageing such as Alzheimer’s disease and declines dramatically in older adults with cognitive impairment (e.g., MCI) who are at the highest risk of developing dementia (Koppara et al., 2015). Proving that binding functions can be enhanced using brain electrical stimulation would help design non-pharmacological interventions aimed at enhancing memory abilities relevant to everyday life functioning. To this aim, we will apply tDCS to a brain network pivotal for VSTM binding (Parra et al., 2014). Secondly, we will investigate the electrophysiological changes related to the stimulation and, finally, we will explore the impact of ageing on memory benefits drawn from tDCS. 

 

Modulating the SWI using tDCS

Description coming soon.

 

“Lost in BSL translation: Psychology meets BSL interpreters”

Project funded by HWU Annual Fund Large Project Grants

The aim of the project is to promote awareness of the needs of hearing impaired individuals in a health setting in both future psychologists and British Sign Language (BSL) interpreting and translation (I&T). The project will implement sessions in the form of formal training and role-plays, where professional psychologists and BSL interpreters, together with deaf individuals acting as patients, will actively interact with students in Psychology and in BSL I&T in a mock clinical setting. 

 

Body Representation in BSL

Description coming soon.

Related outputs

  1. Garraffa M., Turner G., Magnani F.G., Colzi C., Sedda A. “Talking with hands: body representation in British Sign Language speakers” (Oral presentation by Sedda A. at the British Neuropsychological Society, London, march 2017).