Mark Lewis

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Development of systematic behavioural observation to quantify ongoing cognitive activity limitations after brain injury

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One of the goals of cognitive rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury is to help people perform everyday tasks. However, options for the rigorous assessment of everyday cognitive functioning during cognitive rehabilitation are limited. Mr Lewis developed a novel behavioural observation method for assessing executive functioning during the performance of an everyday task—a chocolate brownie making task. This study employed systematic behavioural observation to obtain fine-grained information regarding a person’s cognitive functioning. With further development, this approach may prove useful for targeting and monitoring specific functional difficulties during cognitive rehabilitation.

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Professor Janet Leathem

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