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Current Studies & Research
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Research Participant Registry

James Malec, Ph.D. – Principal Investigator The purpose of RHI’s Research Participant Registry is to create a RHI Research Participant Registry of individuals who are interested in participating or who… Read More

IU InterFACE Center at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana

The IU Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion Center is a natural observation laboratory designed to research emotional and behavioral deficits in people with neurological, psychological, and developmental… Read More

Resource Facilitation-Best Practices Manual for Return to Work/School

Resource Facilitation: Indiana Best Practices Manual for Return-to- Work or Return-to-School     Click on the read more button to get a link to download the full manual.  Once you… Read More

Multicenter Evaluation of Memory Remediation after TBI with Donepezil (MEMRI-TBI-D Study)

Multicenter Evaluation of Memory Remediation after TBI with Donepezil (MEMRI-TBI-D Study) March 10, 2015 Flora Hammond, MD (PI); Funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).  This study… Read More

Brain Injury Association of America ~ The Challenge

Flora M. Hammond, M.D. is featured as one of the TBI Model Systems Researchers in the Fall Edition of the Brain Injury Association of America ‘The Challenge’ Publication. Click on… Read More

Neurobiological mechanisms underlying affect recognition deficits after brain injury March 26th, 2013

Dawn Neumann, PhD (PI), Wang Yang, PhD, Brenna McDonald, PhD, Arlene Schmid, PhD.  Indiana University Collaborative Research Grants (IUCRG).

The ability to recognize how others feel (affect recognition) helps us to acknowledge and respond appropriately to the needs of others. Facial affect recognition is a complex process that relies on multiple processing strategies. Functional neuroimaging studies have been able to link different processing strategies to certain brain structures. Studies show that people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) often have significant affect recognition impairments. Emotion recognition deficits have been associated with inappropriate behaviors, difficulty controlling one’s own emotions, and poor social outcomes. Negative social and emotional behaviors are among the most common and difficult problems to treat after a TBI. There is obviously a significant need to address affect recognition deficits with treatment after TBI. However, it is not fully understood scientifically or clinically why patients with TBI have trouble recognizing emotions from facial expressions. Therefore, in this multidisciplinary pilot project, the investigators will use advanced functional neuroimaging to better understand the underlying causes for these deficits in people with TBI. We will recruit the following 3 groups (10 per group, total =30): 1) TBI with facial affect recognition impairments; 2) TBI without facial affect recognition impairments; and 3) healthy controls. We will compare differences in brain activity and behavioral performance across the three groups during completion of several emotion recognition tasks. By comparing people with and without affect recognition deficits, we will be able to identify which facial affect processing strategies are impaired in people with TBI, which is ultimately crucial for developing effective treatment approaches.


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