Project - Computational Architecture of Emotion Processing in Younger Onset Dementia
Project tag with a disease
Dementia, AD, bvFTD
Research Project Description
Disturbances of emotion processing in AD and bvFTD are complex phenomena that require formalization which will help identify the component that supports them. Many variables such as cognitive functions and motivation contribute to the disturbance of emotion processing in these clinical population. To understand them better, we need to examine them in parallel, not in describing the phenomena in a one-to-one relationship. Therefore, we need to model their emotion architecture. By formalizing emotion processing as a model, we would be able to see the chain of changes that is what happened to the emotion, when cognitive functions were broken? Or what happened to emotions when dementia patients have lost their motivation? Or what happened to emotion when both cognition and motivation are declining?
Andi’s PhD project investigates and compares the computational architecture underlying emotion processing in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD). The goal of his PhD is to build theoretical models of emotion that are ecologically valid for AD and bvFTD. The modelling processes implemented in this body of works are implemented incrementally based on the clinical test data that are commonly used as screening instruments in dementia clinics. The project also compares the model of emotion processing based on the existing theories.