Olfactory-focused cognitive training
- Research Opportunity
- PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Post Doctor Research
- Number of Honour Places Available
- Number of Master Places Available
- Royal Melbourne Hospital
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Summary The successful candidate in this project will help develop and evaluate an olfactory training paradigm suitable for use with cognitively impaired older adults.
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.
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PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Post Doctor Research
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