Emma Finch

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BACKGROUND Recent initiatives within an Australia public healthcare service have seen a focus on increasing the research capacity of their workforce. One of the key initiatives involves encouraging clinicians to be research generators rather than solely research consumers. As a result, baseline data of current research capacity are essential to determine(More)
OBJECTIVE While the role of dopamine in modulating executive function, working memory and associative learning has been established; its role in word learning and language processing more generally is not clear. This preliminary study investigated the impact of increased synaptic dopamine levels on new-word learning ability in healthy young adults using an(More)
BACKGROUND Aphasia is an acquired language disorder that can present a significant barrier to patient involvement in healthcare decisions. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are viewed as experts in the field of communication. However, many SLP students do not receive practical training in techniques to communicate with people with aphasia (PWA) until they(More)
Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) is a technique used widely throughout science and engineering. It offers a convenient method with which to numerically simulate a system prone to developing discontinuities within its structure. Often the technique gets overlooked as designing and implementing a model on a scale large enough to be worthwhile can be both time(More)
PURPOSE This article describes the effects of a new intensive dysarthria treatment program (Be Clear) on speech intelligibility in adults with dysarthria secondary to stroke and traumatic brain injury. METHOD A small group-repeated measures research design was used to examine the effects of treatment on the speech of 8 participants with nonprogressive(More)
BACKGROUND Communication impairments following traumatic brain injury (TBI) can represent a significant barrier to successful community reintegration. Previous research has typically focused on linguistic competence to identify communication difficulties experienced by people with TBI living in the community, rather than participation in everyday(More)
Death anxiety is a basic fear underlying a range of psychological conditions, and has been found to increase avoidance in social anxiety. Given that attentional bias is a core feature of social anxiety, the aim of the present study was to examine the impact of mortality salience (MS) on attentional bias in social anxiety. Participants were 36 socially(More)
AIMS To investigate if metacognitive strategy instruction (MSI) improves the receptive language skills of adults with cognitive-communication disorders secondary to acquired brain injury (ABI). RESEARCH DESIGN An ABA intervention programme was implemented with eight adults with ABI, aged 25-70 years. The Measure of Cognitive-Linguistic Abilities (MCLA)(More)
BACKGROUND Thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) is part of routine acute stroke clinical practice worldwide. Yet, it is unclear how rtPA influences specific rehabilitation outcomes, such as motor, cognitive and communication function. OBJECTIVE The present study aimed to collect pilot data about the effects of rtPA on(More)
BACKGROUND Language function is susceptible to the effects of brain tumours during both the tumour growth phase and during neurosurgical resection. AIM This paper aimed to systematically review existing literature to determine the current status of knowledge about language outcomes following neurosurgery. METHODS A systematic review was conducted(More)