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What makes you, you?
Our sense of self comprises various facets, including our memories for important moments in the past, knowledge of facts about ourselves, as well as our personality traits and how we relate to other people. In dementia, several of these key aspects of identity can break down, leading to changes in how individuals with these conditions perceive ‘who they are’, in addition to how others may see them.
This talk will explore how dementia syndromes offer us a unique insight into the sophisticated human cognitive, emotional and behavioural functions that comprise our sense of self, and the brain networks that underlie them. Furthermore, improving understanding of how identity changes in dementia will help inform approaches to treatment and care.