We are conducting a study to investigate a range of cognitive skills and how they relate to speech production and emotional expression.


We are seeking the help of:

Males and females aged 60-85 years with English as first language and no neurological history (e.g., brain tumour or stroke).


Why this research?

We are looking at how different aspects of cognition are related to language, and how certain parts of the brain control a range of thinking skills. For example, we will be looking at how the brain pays attention to information seen in the environment, or how a spoken or nonverbal response is produced, or how a plan or strategy is made when problem solving. The overall findings will potentially benefit patients with illnesses or conditions that affect

the brain through improved assessment,

more specific rehabilitation and a clearer understanding of various cognitive deficits.


What will I be asked to do? 

Participating involves completing a 2-3 hour one-on-one session with the experimenter, where you will be asked to do several simple tasks that look at your thinking skills. This may involve responding verbally (i.e. speaking) or nonverbally (e.g., pointing) to words, dots and pictures. The tasks are carried out with pen and paper or via computer. For example, you might be asked the name of an object, to talk about pictures, or respond to stimuli on computer screens by pressing a button. Each task will be explained to you beforehand with examples given.  Testing sessions can be split across two days if needed.


There is no cost to participate and the study will take place at the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland Brisbane (or at your home if suitable) at a time that is convenient for you.


If you would like to learn more or participate, please contact Amie Willis at amie.willis@uq.net.au, or on 0437 352 987.


I am happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. Thank you for considering this invitation.


This study is being conducted by Honours Student Amie Willis, in association with PhD candidate Megan Barker, in collaboration with Dr Gail Robinson, a Clinical Neuropsychologist/Psychologist, and Dr Nicole Nelson (University of Queensland, School of Psychology) and has been approved by the University of Queensland Human Ethics Committee [2015000853].