Who will qualify?
- Moderate to severe TBI
- Must be 18-65 years old
- Must be at least one year post injury (There is no maximum to how many years post).
- Have difficulty identifying emotions in others (we will determine this in screening)
- Able to understand written and verbal information
- Must be able to express/communicate information
- If the person has visual or auditory impairments, they must be correctable with glasses or hearing aide.
- Able to get to Brock University in St. Catherines or Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) over the course of several weeks.
Brief Description of the Experiment
Some signs that may indicate you or someone you know with a TBI may have impaired emotion recognition:
Brief Description of the Study:
The study involves a screening session to sign consent forms and determine if certain qualifcations are met for you to participate in the study. If you are eligible, you will be asked to come back 2 more times for testing, an hour each time, with 2 weeks in between each testing session. You will then be randomly placed into 1 of 2 treatment programs. Both treatment programs will be carried out with a trained therapist and will require that you come to the research site 3 times per week, an hour each session, for a minimum of 2 weeks. Both treatment programs are on the computer, and are interactive with the therapist. Both are aimed at improving your ability to understand emotions, so they will require some discussions about emotional events. Training goes at the participant's own pace. Once training is complete, we conduct 2 more tests (post-tests). These are the same tests done before training. One is done as soon as possible after training has been completed, and the other will be 2 weeks later. See below for timeline. Each participant who completes the entire study will receive $40.
If you are interested or for more information, please contact Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Background information: Why is this Important and How does it relate to life?
People with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are often faced with many challenges that change their lifestyle dramatically after their injury. One of the most frequently reported long term outcomes for people with moderate to severe TBI is impaired relationships. It is not uncommon for lifetime friends and spouses to "disappear". Making new friends, especially friends without a brain injury, can be quite difficult.