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Emotion processing in frontotemporal dementia

Emotional memory in frontotemporal dementia
All memories are not created equal. Emotion has a powerful impact on memory with highly emotional events generally remembered with greater detail and vividness than events that lack emotion. The brain regions necessary for both emotion and memory are affected in frontotemporal dementia. Although disturbance of emotion has been reported in frontotemporal dementia, whether it also impacts on memory has not been investigated. This project aims to determine how these emotion and memory interact in FTD, and how they differ across subtypes.
Emotion processes in FTD subtypes
How people interpret and recognize emotions in others is critical for everyday social interactions and the formation and maintenance of interpersonal relationships. Evidence now suggests that the ability to recognise emotions in others is disturbed in frontotemporal dementia. This project aims to investigate how emotion processing is disturbed across subtypes of frontotemporal dementia and determine whether there are ways to improve emotion recognition in these groups. This will help us to understand the mechanisms important for emotion processing, and help to find ways for patients and their families to overcome these difficulties