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All is not Lost! Unlocking the potential for Cognitive Rehabilitation

Tuesday 1st July 2014 at Friends Meeting House, Brighton

We can replace hearts, help create babies in vitro & are making great strides in fighting many diseases. Despite this, we know less about the brain than we do about the surface of the moon! Due to the complexity of the care required for individuals with brain damage, which can involve GPs, doctors in A&E, neurologists, clinical neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, counsellors and social workers, the patient's needs can often be problematic. At another level, due to the rapid pace of research in cognitive neuropsychology, researchers are beginning to uncover the capacity of the human mind to perform functions that even two decades ago seemed lost forever for these individuals. The combination of these two points is that at least a proportion of health care professionals can be unaware of sometimes straightforward methods to improve the lives of their patients.

This workshop will take you on a guided tour of the cognitive functions of the human brain, dispelling some of the many myths about the grey stuff while also revealing some true wonders. The incredible advances made through cognitive neuropsychology (the study of individuals with brain damage to gain a better understanding of the functioning of the intact brain) will be explored. Crucially, how these findings can help patients with brain damage in a number of cognitive domains will be examined. Finally, in a coming-together of eastern philosophy and neuropsychology, the incredible impacts of mindfulness meditation both on the physical body and the brain will be introduced as a possible way forward to help some patients as well as their carers.

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • A review of current thinking on some central issues within cognitive neuropsychology.
  • An overview of current models of memory functioning and face-recognition which can inform cognitive rehabilitation
  • An understanding of different techniques, methods and technologies for improving remembering in patients with impaired memory
  • An exploration of the complexity of face-recognition and how theoretical approaches to the issue are informing the development of strategies to help those with severe impairment in the ability to remember faces

Please note that we are no longer taking registrations for this event.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Monday 30th June 2014

13:00Registration & Refreshments
13:15Workshop Commences
17:00Workshop Finishes

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Ashok Jansari

Reader within UEL's School of Psychology.

Ashok got his degree in Experimental Psychology from King’s College Cambridge and then his doctorate at the University of Sussex where he conducted research on memory and amnesia.

Following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the United States at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics working with two of the world's leading neuroscientists, Professors Antonio Damasio and Ralph Adolphs, he has created an extensive research programme, covering a range of issues in cognitive neuropsychology.

Ashok's research has explored different aspects of memory loss, including the phenomenon of long-term amnesia and the development of rehabilitation regimes, the creation of a Virtual Reality assessment of higher order cognitive functions known as JEF© (the Jansari assessment of Executive Functions), various aspects of face recognition and synaesthesia.

In 2004 he was awarded the Cermak Award for best research in memory disorders.

Dr Gene Johnson

Occupational Psychologist with over 20 years' experience in the corporate, consultancy, government, and academic sectors.


Friends' Meeting House

Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF

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