Research Study

Developing a risk assessment tool for discriminating social cognition deficits in dementia from that of depression
Principal Investigator 
Howard Feldman


Body Locations and Systems 
Disorders and Conditions 
Study Start/End 
Dec 1, 2015 to Jun 30, 2017
UBC Hospital
Maya Lichtenstein, Clinical Fellow
Purpose of Study 

To look at the differences in "social cognition"- the ability to look at the interpret the social world and put yourself in someone else's shoes - between people with depression, people with frontotemporal dementia and healthy controls.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Are between 40-75 years old
  • Have been diagnosed with behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia
  • Have been diagnosed with depression
  • Are healthy
  • Have adequate vision and hearing and English language skills to undergo testing, have someone close to you that is willing to answer some quesions about you
  • Do not have a disease that may interfer with your thinking (outside of frontotemporal dementia or depression)
  • Do not have an alcohol or substance abuse problenm currently or in the last 6 months

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