My research investigates aspects of social cognition, such as emotion recognition, face processing and empathy. My work combines novel experimental techniques, neurophysiological assessment and advanced neuroimaging techniques (MRI, MEG) in healthy older adults and patient groups to determine how these complex abilities are compromised by damage to different brain regions. The main clinical populations I work with are frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's disease, dementia syndromes which affect individuals before age 65. The overarching aim of my research is to improve the diagnosis, management and ultimately treatment of individuals with dementia, while simultaneously furthering our theoretical understanding of social cogntion.
This work takes place at FRONTIER, Neuroscience Research Australia.