Stroke affects everybody differently, and we don't know enough about the factors that can contribute to better or worse outcomes after a stroke.
One possible factor is cognitive reserve – the idea that the more active your brain is over your life, the more you're able to resist the devastating effects of stroke.
Attention to space and objects around you is one area that can be impacted by stroke, and a function that may be better preserved with more involvement in education, work and leisure activities over the lifetime.
We are looking for people who have experienced a stroke to attend three sessions at Monash University in Clayton to help us explore how cognitive reserve may help those who have had a stroke.
The sessions would involve an interview about your life, a range of pen and paper tasks, and two electroencephalograms (EEGs – a bit like a swimming cap designed to measure brain activity). We are able to reimburse for taxi services and parking as required.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Daniel Pearce at Daniel.Pearce@monash.edu or on (03) 9905 3947.