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Corne Mackie

Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Study Completed: 2009
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
The use of mobile phones to compensate for organisational and memory impairment in people with acquired brain injury

Mrs Mackie’s research investigated the extent to which people with memory difficulties following acquired brain injury use cognitive aids, and compared the results with the use of cognitive aids by the general population. She also evaluated the usefulness of mobile phones in compensating for memory impairment following traumatic brain injury. Survey findings confirmed thatpeople with acquired brain injury and people without acquired brain injury tended to use a similar number of cognitive aids, and similar types of aids.. Electronic memory aids were viewed as more effective in assisting with remembering, but were used less frequently than non-electronic memory aids. Six in-depth case studies found that the use of mobile phones resulted in people with traumatic brain injury remembering more tasks than when using traditional aids or when relying on memory alone. Characteristics related to the successful use of electronic memory aids were identified. Her results have implications for informing rehabilitation and tailoring treatment to individual clients. 

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