Lecturer in Neuropsychology and Director of the MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
+44 (0)20 7919 5024
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Room 203/2 Whitehead Building,
Goldsmiths, University of London,
New Cross, SE14 6NW
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
Neuropsychology and cognitive neuropsychology
MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience:http://mars.gold.ac.uk/pg/msc-cognitive-clinical-neuroscience/
-PS71040A : Biological Aspects of Brain Functions
-PS71043A: Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology
- PS51006A: Biological and Comparative Approaches to Psychology
- PS53024A: Topics in Neuropsychology
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 cortical brain degeneration (such as Alzheimer Disease) or a brain lesion.
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.
With regard to cognitive impairments following brain damage, I have 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). A few studies have shown that unilateral neglect can also affect mental images. Part of my current work, in collaboration with colleagues in UK, Italy and Finland, is aimed at investigating the nature of the link between neglect and the ability to form and maintain mental images.
Finally, 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. The reasons behind this phenomenon are quite intriguing and current work in collaboration with the Edinburgh University, London and Italian hospitals includes projects on anosognosia for motor deficits and for language disorders after left- and right-brain damage. The studies focuses on clinical and theoretical issues but also consider possible rehabilitation techniques.
Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK
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