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Memory – Disorders and Brain Damage

4. Dementias

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Lecture

In this lecture, we think about dementias, focusing in particular on: (i) understanding dementia as an umbrella category for degenerative brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, frontotemporal dementia, semantic dementia, Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s; (ii) the prevalence of dementias in an ever increasingly older population; (iii) the importance of diagnosing dementias as early as possible, as well as the tools available to detect the associated deteriorations with the greatest possible sensitivity.

Course

In this course, Dr Ashok Jansari (Goldsmiths, University of London) explores memory in the context of brain damage and memory disorders. In the first lecture, we think about reconstructive memory by understanding the process of remembering not as locating a ‘file’, but as a reconstruction of sensory data, contextualised as an event. In the second lecture, we consider how people differ in their memory performance and where these differences might originate. Next, we look at some key figures in memory psychology, who have helped shape our understanding of which brain areas are responsible for which aspect of memory performance. In the fourth and final lecture, we discuss dementia as an umbrella term for degenerative brain disorders and some of the current research looking to improve our diagnostic ability and potential for curing these conditions.

Lecturer

Dr Ashok Jansari is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Dr Jansari’s research interests include memory disorders, prosopagnosia, executive functions, and synaesthesia. Dr Jansari is most famous for his research into prosopagnosia, having made numerous TV appearances, including on BBC1’s The One Show, as well as hosting his own ‘Neuro Talk’ YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/c/DrAshokJansariNeuroTalk/featured

Some of Dr Jansari's recent publications include 'Acquired synaesthesia following 2C-B use' (2019), 'Using virtual reality to investigate multitasking ability in individuals with frontal lobe lesions' (2019), and 'Identification from CCTV: Assessing police super-recogniser ability to spot faces in a crown and susceptibility to change blindness' (2018).

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Jansari, A. (2022, February 17). Memory – Disorders and Brain Damage - Dementias [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/memory-disorders-and-brain-damage/dementias

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Jansari, A. "Memory – Disorders and Brain Damage – Dementias." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 17 Feb 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/memory-disorders-and-brain-damage/dementias

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