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Inge Linda Wilms

Inge Linda Wilms

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

 

  • Understanding brain plasticity and common elements that stimulate and controls the different types of plasticity
  • Cognitive rehabilitation and the special conditions of teaching the injured brain
  • Rehabilitation of the attention deficit Neglect. The neural basis of neglect. Visual attention. 
  • Computerbased cognitive rehabilitation including use of games technology, artificial intelligence and virtual reality
  • Functional vision, how to assess and ameliorate vision problems founded on cognitive disability

In my research I try to understand how training may affect brain plasticity and assist the functional recovery of cognitive skills after brain injury. I study elements like the effect of intensity in training (how often and how long time), the method of feedback (how to provide feedback to the right cognitive function) and the way the level of difficulty in the training must progress in order to stimulate brain plasticity. Teaching an injured brain a skill, it did well before injury, perhaps require a different understanding of skills learning than the development of new skills.

My work involve the development and use of computer-based technology such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality both in diagnostics and therapy.

Other areas of research include implicit learning, learned non-use, the special conditions for brain plasticity, implicit learning, associative learning and neural network.

Teaching

  • Brain plasticity - cognition, constraint  induced therapy, aphasia, neglect
  • Rehabilitation research
  • The attention deficit of Neglect
  • Rehabilitation and computerbased technology including games, virtual reality, artificial intelligencel
  • Human-Computer Interaktion 
  • Applied cognitive psychology including robotics, architecture, traffic, tools 

Master thesis supervision: I offer master thesis supervision within subjects such as cognitive rehabilitation, human-computer interaction, human factors design, telemedicine and therapy, the use of technology in training and rehabilitation of cognitive ability.

Below are examples of thesis subjects that I have supervised:

Telemedicical homemonitoring and patient manipulation in an activity perspective

A cognitive behavioural approach to vocational rehabilitation: a case study

Alzheimer's disease, social life and the use of communication technology

The effect of prismeadaptation training and adaptation training with skewed feedback on perceptual neglect and neglect dyslexia

Fields of interest

In addition to the above mentioned research areas I am very interested in philosophy and the history of ideas and thought. In particular how our knowledge and understanding of the brain have evolved over time.

Robot technology is another field of interest both with regards to the technical aspects and to the ethical and moral aspects of human interaction with the intelligent machine. Healthcare robotics strengths and weaknesses. 

 

Current research

Basic elements common for the activation and control of brain plasticity including:

  • Development of eye movements as a result of learning how to read. What eye movements tells us about cognitive development.
  • Intensity in training (frequency and length)
  • Feedback and the way it is provided to the trainee
  • Computerbased cognitive rehabilitation. Special considerations in the use of IT in rehabilitation to get en effect of training.
  • Adaptive training. How machine learning algorithms may be used to adapt level of difficulty in training to the individual progress of the trainee.
  • Improving diagnostic tools for neglect using computerbased tests.

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