student profile: Miss Rosalind Hutchings


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Face processing in frontotemporal dementia

Supervisors: Fiona KUMFOR , Olivier PIGUET

Thesis abstract:

Face processing is a fundamental skill of day-to-day living, relying on a complex neural system. It is key to social interactions and deficits in this skill can lead to major disruptions in everyday living. Very little research has focused on the face processing difficulties exhibited in dementia. This is particularly true of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), the second most commonly diagnosed younger onset dementia syndrome. Clinically, these individuals exhibit difficulties with recognizing faces of loved ones as well as profound difficulties in understanding and interpreting how others are feeling. Whether these deficits are due to a common underlying problem in the ability to extract information from faces remains surprisingly unexplored. The proposed research aims to address the substantial gap in the literature by teasing apart face processing in FTD. Clinically, understanding these deficits is necessary for understanding behavioural concerns and the effect of these behaviours on carers. Theoretically, understanding face processing in an FTD populations will provide unique insight into the contribution of frontotemporal regions to face processing.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Hutchings, R., Palermo, R., Piguet, O., Kumfor, F. (2017). Disrupted Face Processing in Frontotemporal Dementia: A Review of the Clinical and Neuroanatomical Evidence. Neuropsychology Review, 27, 18-30. [More Information]
  • Kumfor, F., Landin-Romero, R., Devenney, E., Hutchings, R., Grasso, R., Hodges, J., Piguet, O. (2016). On the right side? A longitudinal study of left-versus right-lateralized semantic dementia. Brain, 139(3), 986-998. [More Information]
  • Kumfor, F., Hutchings, R., Irish, M., Hodges, J., Rhodes, G., Palermo, R., Piguet, O. (2015). Do I know you? Examining face and object memory in frontotemporal dementia. Neuropsychologia, 71, 101-111. [More Information]
  • Hutchings, R., Hodges, J., Piguet, O., Kumfor, F. (2015). Why should I care? Dimensions of socio-emotional cognition in younger-onset dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 48(1), 135-147. [More Information]

2017

  • Hutchings, R., Palermo, R., Piguet, O., Kumfor, F. (2017). Disrupted Face Processing in Frontotemporal Dementia: A Review of the Clinical and Neuroanatomical Evidence. Neuropsychology Review, 27, 18-30. [More Information]

2016

  • Kumfor, F., Landin-Romero, R., Devenney, E., Hutchings, R., Grasso, R., Hodges, J., Piguet, O. (2016). On the right side? A longitudinal study of left-versus right-lateralized semantic dementia. Brain, 139(3), 986-998. [More Information]

2015

  • Kumfor, F., Hutchings, R., Irish, M., Hodges, J., Rhodes, G., Palermo, R., Piguet, O. (2015). Do I know you? Examining face and object memory in frontotemporal dementia. Neuropsychologia, 71, 101-111. [More Information]
  • Hutchings, R., Hodges, J., Piguet, O., Kumfor, F. (2015). Why should I care? Dimensions of socio-emotional cognition in younger-onset dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 48(1), 135-147. [More Information]

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