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Research

Understanding social and emotional cues among people with epilepsy

 
Dr. Maryam Ziaei, a researcher from the University of Queensland, in collaboration with Epilepsy Queensland is currently investigating how the brain processes social information in people with and without epilepsy. A significant proportion of people with epilepsy experience difficulties in understanding and appropriately responding to social cues. The example of this difficulty might be struggling to read body language, facial expression, tone of voice and understanding if our friend is upset and how to comfort him/her. There is not enough research to show how these skills in communicating with others are important for coping with epilepsy and mental health. This study aims to gain a deeper understanding of the systems that help us to better understand and respond to social interactions with others. This study will use an MRI scanner to take pictures of brain regions that are used while completing certain tasks. 
 
Do I have to pay?
The study is financed by the Centre for Advanced Imaging at the University of Queensland, and if you decide to participate, you will be reimbursed $60 as a compensation towards travel cost. 
 
Who can participate?
We are looking for people with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, frontal lobe epilepsy, and idiopathic/genetic generalised epilepsy without history of diagnosed depression or anxiety. If you are unsure about whether you are suitable or not, please contact Maryam. 
 
If you are interested in the study, please contact Dr Maryam Ziaei, who will give you a detailed information about the study on Maryam.ziaei@cai.uq.edu.au or call her on 0422 916 362.