Episodic memory in FTD

Associative memory in frontotemporal dementia
Associative memory processes are crucial to the formation and retrieval of memories. Associative memory deficits in patients with FTD have not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this project is to assess associative memory abilities in patients with different subtypes of FTD, patients with Alzheimer’s disease and healthy controls. We are utilising a number of novel associative memory tasks in an attempt to identify subtle deficits in associative memory abilities in these groups. Such tasks may be useful clinically and contribute to improving the diagnostic accuracy of patients with dementia in the early stages of the disease.
Episodic future thinking in frontotemporal dementia
Imagine the next time you will take a holiday abroad. What will you do in a few hours? What will you do next week…next month…next year? Thinking about the future, withdrawing from our current tasks to imagine, daydream, and construct possible future scenarios is something we all engage in. Imagining the future depends on the same neural system that is recruited when remembering the past. When dementia patients experience difficulties remembering the past, is their ability to imagine the future also affected? This study investigates episodic future thinking in frontotemporal dementia, to explore the impact of damage to the episodic memory system and how this affects the ability to conceive of oneself in the future.