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Psychonomics Seminar Series

Psychonomics Seminar Series
Friday, 3rd June 2005

The School of Psychology, University of Queensland is proud to present:
“A significant improvement on being slapped in the face by a wet fish”
This Friday at 3pm in room 304, Psychology, the enigmatic and startling
Tarrant Cummins will talk on:
“Using electroencephalographic (EEG) indices to enhance detection of
preclinical Alzheimer’s disease”
Although Tarrant was forced to complete his honours degree at the University of Adelaide, he managed to escape South Australia by digging a tunnel with a spade constructed from used biros. As luck would have it, his tunnel emerged in the School of Psychology, University of Queensland, where he has been hiding ever since. He has about a year to
go in his PhD, which is supervised by Prof Graeme Halford and Dr Simon Finnegan (CMR/Wesley).
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive degenerative disorder of the brain that is characterized by severe amnesia and (often) concurrent deficits in language, executive function, attention and visuo-spatial abilities. It is generally agreed that a preclinical stage known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) precedes AD. MCI involves mild impairment in one or more cognitive functions (memory, language or attention) with preservation of other cognitive abilities. MCI that
only involves memory deficits; amnestic MCI aMCI), is the most prevalent form of MCI and individuals with aMCI are the most likely to
progress to AD. Definitive diagnosis of AD can only be made by identification of neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, from either biopsy or autopsy. However, criteria have been established for clinical diagnosis of both probable AD and aMCI. Current treatments for AD rely on early diagnosis, while the clinical criteria for aMCI are useful it has been shown that aMCI subjects already show marked neuronal loss and the development of neurofibrillary tangles. Thus,

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