Category Archives: dementia

Experiential Blindness

Imagine a huge field strewn with rocks, perhaps like the fields around West Kennet Long Barrow, littered with hunks of flint. Now picture the field is full of academics hurling the rocks at each other, occasionally with epithets. So there … Continue reading

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episodic memory – highlights from a thesis

About a month ago I had an interesting discussion with Prof. Postma at Utrecht University. During the course of the discussion he recommended a PhD thesis by Olga Meulenbroek on “Neural Correlates of Episodic Memory in healthy aging and Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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Imagining pathways to impact

The previous entry was based on some speculative ideas; this one leaps into a speculative/imaginative domain in order to work through some ideas that have been niggling me. I have various bug-bears… I find the rhetorical insistence on the centrality … Continue reading

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Well rehearsed

Maybe…. It has been observed that Alzheimer’s Disease affects the areas of the brain known as Wernicke’s area (which is correlated to speech comprehension) and Broca’s area (which is correlated to speech production) and that these affect peoples ability to … Continue reading

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Edge of an idea

One of the editors’ goals for their book ‘Conversation and Cognition’ (te Molder & Potter, 2005) was to draw out the differences of position within the field of discursive psychology, particularly with regards to the question of whether we can … Continue reading

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2 podcasts – sniffing and (un)thinking

I’ve listened to a couple of interesting and useful podcasts recently… The first, ‘Sniffing Out Danger’ on BBC Radio 4 was ostensibly about how technologists are trying to put the sense of smell to different uses (e.g., sniffing out drugs … Continue reading

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Space

In their book on managing the symptoms of dementia, Ballard et al. (2001, 93), included this schematic to illustrate the ways that the different environments affect people with dementia. Schematic of different environments that affect the symptoms of dementia (from … Continue reading

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