Working Memory Training in Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury

Status: In-progress
Year: 2019
Funded: $4,914
Grant Type: Grant in Aid

Working memory (WM) allows temporary storage of information in the brain during processing, and is important for attention and problem-solving. WM can be impaired following brain injury, negatively affecting functioning at home and work. Thus, this pilot study will evaluate a computer-based WM training in individuals recovering from brain injury. 

Researcher // Dr Kristin Gozdzikowska – UC Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research

After completing her PhD, Dr Gozdzikowska completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the UC Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research. Additionally, she has worked as a lecturer at the University of Canterbury in the Department of Communication Disorders. Now, she is a Research Fellow at the Laura Fergusson Trust, providing evidenced-based, intensive rehabilitation to individuals following Traumatic Brain Injury.

More About Dr Kristin Gozdzikowska

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), also known as intracranial injury, occurs when an external force injures the brain. TBI can be classified based on severity, mechanism (closed or penetrating head injury), or other features (e.g., occurring in a specific location or over a widespread area). Head injury is a broader category that may involve damage to other structures such as the scalp and skull. TBI can result in physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioural symptoms, and outcome can range from complete recovery to permanent disability or death.

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In New Zealand it is estimated that up to 36,000 people suffer TBIs each year.
people suffer moderate to severe TBIs each year in New Zealand.
Of these people go on to receive specialised rehabilitation.
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Of all TBIs in New Zealand are sustained through sport-related activity.

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