Our work with people with Alzheimer's disease
We recently received a small grant to examine using brain-computer interfaces with people who experience mild Alzheimer’s disease. Information about our work can be found below.
Between 2002 and 2015, our research focused on Alzheimer's disease. You will find links to that work and resources for families on this page.
For more information, please contact Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken.
Below are links to short descriptions of the grants that we worked on in the past.
- Brain-Computer Interface to Enhance Attention in Alzheimer’s disease
- AAC Rehabilitation for Conversation in Dementia
Writing papers about our work is an important part of the research process. The papers you will find here have been included in conference proceedings and peer-reviewed journals.
- Galvin-McLaughlin D, Klee D, Memmott T, Peters B, Wiedrick J, Fried-Oken M, Oken B; Consortium for Accessible Multimodal Brain-Body Interfaces (CAMBI). Methodology and preliminary data on feasibility of a neurofeedback protocol to improve visual attention to letters in mild Alzheimer's disease. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2022 Jun 13;28:100950. doi: 10.1016/j.conctc.2022.100950. PMID: 35754975; PMCID: PMC9228283.
- McLaughlin, D.E., Klee, D., Memmott, T., Peters, B., Wiedrick, J., Fried-Oken, M., and Oken, B. (2021) Methodology and feasibility of neurofeedback to improve visual attention to letters in mild Alzheimer’s disease. Arxiv. https://arxiv.org/abs/2111.12153
- What's on Your Mind? Conversation Topics Chosen by People With Degenerative Cognitive-Linguistic Disorders for Communication Boards. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2015, 24(2), 272-280.
- AAC to Support Conversation in Persons with Moderate Alzheimer's Disease. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2015, 28(4), 219-231. PMC # 3755605.
- AAC Strategies and Tools for Persons with Dementia. The ASHA Leader 16 (2010): 8-11.
- The Effect of Voice Output on AAC - Supported Conversations of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease. ACM Transactions of Accessible Computing (TACCESS). 2009, 1(3).
Every year we give presentations about the work we are doing. We have a diverse team who present on different aspects of the study.
- Supporting Conversation in Persons with Alzheimer's Disease, Festival of International Conference on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology, Toronto, Canada, June, 2007.
- Linguistic Access to Different Symbol Types by Persons with Dementia, ISAAC, Toronto, Canada, October, 2004
- Can We Augment Conversation for Persons with Dementia?ISAAC, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2006
- AAC is a Semantic Prime for Conversations in Moderate Alzheimer's Disease, ISAAC, Montreal, Canada, 2008
Click the image below to see a full-size rendering of our research poster.
Resources for families
We hope you will find these handouts helpful for those with Alzheimer's Disease.