Professor Trinity College Dublin
Visiting Professor Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College
Visiting Scientist Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre
How does the human brain recover after it has been damaged? Our research suggests that attentional processes play a key role in recovery, and that recovery can be hindered or helped depending on the precise dynamics of integration and competition between attentionally-modulated brain systems.
In studying the role of attention in recovery and rehabilitation, we have produced data which have contributed theoretically to the understanding of attention, competition and integration within the brain. In short, there should be a two-way benefit between practice and theory in research into brain rehabilitation.
This means that we have to develop theoretically based assessment tools to evaluate clinically viable treatment methods, as well as carry out basic experimental research.
This research is partly supported by the Medical Research Council of Canada. Developed Neuropsychological Tests -- Robertson IH, Ward T and Ridgeway V (1995) The Test of Everyday Attention. Bury St Edmunds: The Thames Valley Test Company; Manly R, Robertson IH and Anderson V (1999). The Test of Everyday Attention for Children. Bury St Edmunds: The Thames Valley Test Company; Edgworth, J, Robertson IH and MacMillan T (1998) The Balloons Test: a screening test for visual inattention. Thames Valley Test Company.