Why do people with Alzheimer’s stop recognizing their loved ones?

first_imgShare Share on Twitter Email Pinterest For the study, the Montreal team recruited people with Alzheimer’s along with healthy seniors to study their ability to perceive faces and cars in photos that were either upright or upside down. Dr. Joubert explains the team’s findings: “The results for people with Alzheimer’s were similar to those in the control group in terms of answer accuracy and the time to process the upside-down faces and cars. To perform these tasks, the brain must perform a local analysis of the various image components perceived by the eye. However, with the upright faces, people with Alzheimer’s were much slower and made more mistakes than the healthy individuals. This leads us to believe that holistic face recognition in particular becomes impaired. Subjects with Alzheimer’s disease also demonstrated normal recognition of the upright cars, a task that in theory does not require holistic processing. This suggests that Alzheimer’s leads to visual perception problems specifically with faces.” What’s also surprising about this impairment is that it is observed in the early stages of the disease.Overall, Dr. Joubert’s study better explains the mechanism involved in the problem that people with Alzheimer’s have with recognizing the faces of family members or celebrities. The fact that impaired facial recognition might stem from a holistic perception problem–and not just a general memory problem–opens the door to different strategies (such as the recognition of particular facial traits or voice recognition) to help patients recognize their loved ones for longer.center_img Alzheimer’s not only steals people’s memories but also their ability to recognize faces, which widens the gulf between people with this disease and their loved ones. A recent study has demonstrated that, beyond causing memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease also impairs visual face perception. This finding may help families better understand their loved one’s inevitable difficulties and lead to new avenues to postpone this painful aspect of the disease.Research in this area by the team of Dr. Sven Joubert, PhD, a researcher at the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal and a professor with the Department of Psychology at Université de Montréal, will be published tomorrow in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.Face perception plays a fundamental role in human communication, which is why humans have evolved into experts at quickly detecting and identifying faces. This faculty is thought to depend on the ability to perceive a face as a whole. Also known as “holistic perception,” this ability is in contrast to the local and detailed analysis required to perceive individual facial features, such as the eyes, nose or mouth. Dr. Joubert’s study has demonstrated that the holistic ability to perceive faces is impaired by Alzheimer’s disease. Share on Facebook LinkedInlast_img read more

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Enterprise zones can work, given the right incentives

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Air Liquide’s remaining divestments unveiled

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Butler Gas Products strengthens Executive Team

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Boulting Technology: Retrospective digitalisation

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Papua docks at PNG LNG terminal for first cargo

first_imgThe Papua, the first PNG LNG project custom-built ship, arrived at the PNG LNG marine facilities on 22 February to begin cool down and loading of its first LNG cargo.The 172,000 cbm, 290-metre-long LNG carrier, has entered service on a long-term charter with the PNG LNG project, providing LNG transportation to major customers in Asia. The Papua is the largest liquefied natural gas carrier ever to be built in China, PNG LNG said in a statement.“We are already off to an exciting start to 2015 with our first custom-built ship preparing to load its first cargo, which will be shipped to Sinopec. The arrival of this ship supports our objective to safely and reliably deliver LNG to our customers,” said Andrew Barry, ExxonMobil PNG managing director.The Papua is owned by Aquarius LNG Shipping Limited, which is a joint venture with Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), China Shipping Group, and Sinopec. MOL will operate the ship on behalf of the PNG LNG venture and deliver cargoes under the direction of ExxonMobil PNG Limited, the operator of the PNG LNG project.In 2011, Exxon Mobil Corporation and MOL selected Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, to build two LNG carriers in China for the LNG project. The Papua is the first of the ships to be built, with the other scheduled for completion in 2016.[mappress mapid=”16798″]Image: PNG LNGlast_img read more

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FMC wins NWS job from Woodside

first_imgFMC Technologies said on Monday it has been awarded a contract by LNG player Woodside to design, manufacture and supply subsea production systems for the Greater Western Flank Phase 2 project in Western Australia.GWF-2 is the fourth major gas development for the North West Shelf project in the last seven years and it is expected to develop 1.6 trillion cubic feet of raw gas from its combined six fields using subsea infrastructure and 35 kilometers of 16-inch pipeline connecting to the existing Goodwyn A platform, stands in FMC’s statement.Under the contract valued at US$180 million, FMC Technologies will deliver subsea production trees, wellheads, manifolds, subsea and topside controls, and flowline connection systems.Deliveries of the systems are scheduled to start in 2016 and go on through 2018 while the production from the GWF-2 project is expected to start in 2019. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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Indian legal services market to stay closed

first_imgThe Indian government has no plans to allow foreign law firms to practise in the country, it said in a statement on Monday. Veerappa Moily, minister of law and justice, said in response to a question in the Indian parliament that ‘at present there is no proposal to allow foreign law firms into the country’. Earlier this year, Moily told The Financial Express that there was ‘no question’ of allowing the UK to bulldoze the country’s more than two million lawyers into accepting foreign competition overnight. On the same day, the president of the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) told national newspaper The Hindu that both SILF and the Bar Council of India were ‘totally and unequivocally opposed’ to the entry of foreign law firms from overseas. In December, a Mumbai High Court ruling confirmed that legal advice outside litigation practice is covered by the ban on foreign lawyers set down in the 1961 Advocates Act. A statement on the Indian government’s website read: ‘Dr M Veerappa Moily, minister of law and justice, in the Lok Sabha in a written reply that under section 7 of the Advocates Act 1961, the Bar Council of India is responsible to lay down standards of professional conduct and etiquette for advocates; to safeguard the right, privileges and interests of advocates; to recognise on a reciprocal basis foreign qualification in law obtained outside India for the purpose of admission advocate and to manage; to exercise general supervision and control over state bar councils and invest the funds of the Bar Council. ‘The Bar Council of India, under section 47(2) of the said act, on a reciprocal basis may prescribe the conditions, if any, subject to which foreign qualifications in law obtained by persons other than citizens of India shall be recognized for the purpose of admission as an advocate under this act. The minister further informed the house that at present there is no proposal to allow foreign law firms into the country.’ A number of UK firms have set up alliance or ‘best friend’ offices in India over the last few years.last_img read more

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SC&RA names Koberg

first_imgKoberg’s nomination was approved at the SC&RA’s annual conference on April 17 in Florida. He will serve a three-year term.The 12-person committee represents manufacturers and service providers to the transportation, lifting, and rigging industries.  www.dicausa.com www.scranet.orglast_img

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Ostend buys up REBO terminal

first_imgThe REBO terminal operates a heavy lift quay that specialises in the storage, pre-assembly and shipping of wind turbine components.In 2010, the port of Ostend raised external capital for transforming the port into a hub for offshore wind energy logistics in the southern part of the North Sea. DEME, together with PMV and Artes-Group, established the REBO terminal for this purpose.DEME said: “The REBO terminal has matured considerably over the last ten years. So much that it now boasts a stable balance sheet and no longer requires the resources and expertise of its initial investors, who have been present from the outset.  After a risky start-up phase and a high need for capital and expertise, the port of Ostend now wishes to focus on expanding operations at this terminal.”The port is in the process of acquiring shares from all other investors in the terminal.www.deme-group.comwww.portofoostende.belast_img read more

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