Using Sensory Processing Constructs to Support Individuals in Daily Life
This line of research taps into knowledge from neuroscience, sensory integration, and family centered care domains to design and test applications for best practice assessment and intervention. We have discovered in very recent work that the same patterns of sensory processing exist in adults as we originally found in children, suggesting there may be some stable patterns of sensory processing across the life span that can guide our thinking and best practices. Therefore, we plan to conduct studies to refine the Adult Sensory Profile, to test it with disability groups and aging populations, and to design and test the Baby Sensory Profile for infants and toddlers.
In this area of research, the following types of questions remain to be addressed:
Understanding Cognition and its Role in Quality of Life
This line of research applies knowledge from cognitive psychology to quality of life issues in aging, stroke, and mental illness. In the context of normal aging, our work focuses on exploring environmental parameters that affect the attentional abilities of young and older adults. We are particularly interested in visual information processing and how the control of eye movements affects the efficiency with which information is processed and activities are carried out in daily life.
In addition, work on cognitive abilities following stroke has identified attentional deficits among stroke survivors that are significantly associated with declines in quality of life. In addition to aging and stroke, another line of work examines the impact mental illness may have on information processing, and how that impact may affect daily life activities.
Work in this line of research may be expanded to address the following questions: