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  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
CAMPERDOWN NSW 2050
 
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Neuropsychology

Our Research

With strong ties to the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and UTS, staff in the Neuropsychology Unit conduct research on the relationship between brain function and cognition. We aim to determine the underlying factors that contribute to disorders and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for their remediation.

Key Achievements

In collaboration with Prof Elise van den Hoven at UTS, prototypes of memory enhancement devices have been designed and discussed with dementia patients and their carers. A second collaborative study with this group has revealed what types of memory disorders are reported and what happens when forgetting occurs in the healthy elderly.

New assessment tools have been developed to allow clinicians to detect accelerated long term forgetting, a memory problem that affects many patients with epilepsy.

Research Staff

  • Dr Zoe Thayer, Research Assistant
  • Ms Diana Huang, Research Assistant
  • Dr Laurie Miller, Senior Hospital Scientist

Higher Degree Students:

PhD:

  • Ms Catherine Browning
  • Ms Amelia Scott
  • Ms Laura Ramos

Coursework Masters with Treatise:

  • Dr Sarah Barrett Jones, MSc


Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Gandy, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholson-Perry, K., Miller, L., Thayer, Z., Boserio, J., Mohamed, A. Anxiety in epilepsy: A neglected disorder. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 2015;78, 149-55.
  2. Miller, L.A., Flanagan, E., Mothakunnel, A., Mohamed, A. and Thayer, Z. Old dogs with new tricks: Detecting accelerated long term forgetting by extending traditional measures. Epilepsy and Behavior, 2015;45, 205-11.
  3. Ricci, M., Mohamed, A., Savage G. and Miller, L.A. Disruption of learning and long term retention of prose passages in patients with focal epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior, 2015;51, 104-11.
  4. Ricci, M., Mohamed, A., Savage, G., Boserio, J. and Miller, L.A. The impact of epileptiform abnormalities and hippocampal lesions on retention of recent autogiographical experiences: Adding insult to injury? Neuropsychologia, 2015;66, 259-66.
  5. Thayer, Z., Wong, C., Mohamed, A., Miller, L. Improving memory in patients with epilepsy: Considering the impact of anti-epileptic drugs, low mood and/or surgery on memory training program outcomes. International Journal of Neurorehabilitation, 2015; online http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2376-0281.1000139 .

Book Chapters:
  1. Miller, L.A. and Radford, K. A. (2015). Memory Rehabilitation in Adults with Neurological Disorders. In D. R. Addis, M. Barense and A. Duarte, (eds.) , Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory (pp. 434-452). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Presentations:

National and International:

  1. Baird A., Samson, S., Miller, L. and Chalmers, K. (2015). Does music training modulate the mnemonic effect of song in Alzheimer's Dementia? A comparison of musicians and non-musicians. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21, Suppl2, 27.
  2. Fitzgerald, Z., Thayer, Z., Mohamed, A., Batchelor, J., and Miller, L. (2015). Autobiographical memory disturbance and accelerated long-term forgetting in frontal lobe epilepsy: A single case study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21, Suppl2, 24.
  3. Irish, M., El Wahsh, S., Lah, S., Miller, L., Hodges, J. and Piguet, O. (2015). The neural signature of recent and remote autobiographical memory - evidence form the dementias. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21, Suppl2, 60.
  4. Lechowicz, M., Miller, L., Irish, M., Addis, D.R., Mohamed, A. and Lah, S. (2015). Unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy: Selective impairments in recall of past and generation of future autobiographical events. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21, Suppl2, 24.
  5. Miller, L. Rehabilitation in Epilepsy. International Neuropsychology Society Meeting, Sydney (July).
  6. Miller, L. To sleep, perchance to dream: The earlier the better it would seem, at least for patients with epilepsy. CCN Annual Meeting, Shoal Bay (Nov).
  7. Miller, L., Radford, K., Mohamed, A., and Thayer, Z. (2015). Memory rehabilitation in epilepsy: Improving post-surgical outcomes. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21, Suppl2, 66.
  8. Mothakunnel, A., Flanagan, E., Thayer, Z. and Miller, LA. (2015). Association between self-reported and objective autobiographical memory performance in patients with focal epilepsy and normal control subjects. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21, Suppl2, 26.
  9. Thayer, Z., Johnson, H., King, S., Ridalgh, A.,Mohamed, A., Boserio, J., Miller,L.A., Nicholson Perry, K. (2015). Insomnia in people with epilepsy: prevalence, predictors and implications. International Epilepsy Congress, Istanbul, Sept.
  10. Thayer, Z & Miller , L. (2015) Does group size influence the ability of people with acquired neurological disorders to benefit from a memory rehabilitation program? Special Interest Group meeting of World Federation of Neurorehabilitation, Daydream Island (July).

State:

  1. Miller, L. Accelerated Long-term forgetting. Case rounds, CCN meeting, Sydney (May).

District:

  1. Mothakunnel, A., Flanagan, E., and Miller, LA. (2015). Neuropsychological test performance in native versus non-native English speakers. Poster presented at Sydney Local Health District Research Meeting, Sydney (December).
  2. Thayer, Z. and Miller, L. (2015). Examining relationships between memory scores and depression in epilepsy patients who undergo memory training. Sydney Local Health District Research Meeting, (Dec).

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Dr Laurie Miller

Department/Unit: Neuropsychology
Address:
RPA Hospital
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Telephone: (02) 9515 7816
Facsimile: (02) 9515 7564
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: laurie.miller@sydney.edu.au