Olfactory-focused cognitive training

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Department
Psychiatry
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs alex.bahar@unimelb.edu.au 0383872480 Personal web page
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs alex.bahar@unimelb.edu.au

Project Details

Olfactory processes, including detection, discrimination, and identification are impaired in older people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and in many cases olfactory impairments in people with MCI predict further cognitive and functional deterioration. Impaired olfaction in older adults with MCI may have a significant impact on their capacity to continue living and managing independently, so the improvement of higher level olfactory identification abilities may promote functional independence. Cognitive training (CT) has been shown to be effective in relation to cognitive outcomes in older adults with MCI, however, CT typically focuses on the verbal/auditory and visual modalities, with little knowledge of whether higher-levels cognitive abilities may be trained through the nose.

The successful candidate in this project will help develop and evaluate an olfactory training paradigm suitable for use with cognitively impaired older adults. As part of their work, students will integrate knowledge related to the assessment of olfaction, cognitive training, and clinical trial design, all within the context of cognitive ageing and dementia risk reduction.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Ageing



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department

Psychiatry


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