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02 April 2009

Research on brain damage

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I teach cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, and I am part of the Applied Cognitive Science and Experimental Neuropsychology Team (ACSENT) of the Dept of Psychology at UCT.

I am particularly interested in social and personality function after brain damage. With some types of brain damage (or in certain developmental disorders like autism) we see difficulties with social interaction and with relationships. Sometimes following brain damage, people seem to change – family members will say - ‘its like he’s a different person’, for example. I am looking into exactly what types of changes occur, and which brain areas are involved.

I currently have studies running that are looking at these questions in frontal or right hemisphere brain damage, childhood head injury, and in autism spectrum disorders. If you would like to know more or participate in one of these studies, please contact me at Susan.Malcolm-Smith@uct.ac.za; or on 021 650 4605

 
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