Meet over 65 universities on 27 & 28 April GET YOUR FREE TICKET >
Coventry University Featured PhD Programmes
University of Reading Featured PhD Programmes

The impact of visual images on verbal fluency for people living with dementia


Faculty of Health Studies

About the Project

We know that ability to find and produce words is often affected for people who have dementia. At present we know much less about how speech and language might improve for people with dementia when communication is facilitated using visual approaches such as photo-elicitation, digital storytelling, participatory video, and photo-diary methods. A number of previous research studies suggest that when people living with dementia are looking at visual images their speech becomes more fluent; they appear to be more able to express themselves clearly, find the right words, and use a wider variety of words than when they are not looking at pictures. At present, however, there is no way of accurately recording these changes.

The main aims of this studentship are to:

Investigate systematically, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, the impact of visual images on the speech of people living with dementia

Develop a prototype assessment which can be used to evaluate different visual methods and/or resources for use in dementia practice and research.

We are looking for applicants with a good first degree or Masters degree in social or health sciences, knowledge of qualitative and/or mixed research methods, and some experience of working - in a paid or voluntary capacity - with adult service users in a health or social care context.

References

Capstick A, Ludwin K, Chatwin J, and Walters E R (2016) Participatory video and well-being in long-term care. Journal of dementia care, 24 (1): 26-29.

Evans D, Robertson J, and Candy A (2016) Use of photovoice with people with younger onset dementia. Dementia, 15 (4): 798-813.

Murphy J and Oliver T (2012) The use of Talking Mats to support people with dementia and their carers to make decisions together. Health and Social Care in the Community, 21(2) 171-180.

Shell (2014) Photo-Elicitation with Autodriving in Research with Individuals with Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease: Advantages and Challenges, Dementia 13 (1): 170-184.

Stenhouse R, Tait J, Hardy P and Sumner T (2013) Dangling conversations: Reflections on the process of creating digital stories during a workshop with people with early-stage dementia. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 20(2): 134-141.

Subramaniam P, Woods B and Whitaker C (2014) Life review and life story books for people with mild to moderate dementia: a randomised controlled trial. Aging and Mental Health, 18(3): 363–375.

Weakley A and Schmitter-Edgecombe M (2014) Analysis of verbal fluency ability in Alzheimer's disease: the role of clustering, switching and semantic proximities. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. 29: 256-68.

Email Now

Insert previous message below for editing? 
You haven’t included a message. Providing a specific message means universities will take your enquiry more seriously and helps them provide the information you need.
Why not add a message here

The information you submit to University of Bradford will only be used by them or their data partners to deal with your enquiry, according to their privacy notice. For more information on how we use and store your data, please read our privacy statement.

* required field

Your enquiry has been emailed successfully





FindAPhD. Copyright 2005-2021
All rights reserved.