Psychology Researches App as Early Diagnostic Tool

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Research on App as Early Diagnostic Tool is Presented by Psychology Students and Faculty

Published: November 5, 2019.

The International Conference for the Society of Neuroscience in Chicago saw the poster presentation of “An app a day keeps the doctor informed: Development of smart-device applications as early diagnostic tools to detect hippocampal pathology in adolescent binge drinkers” on October 22.

The poster on the detection of epilepsy in binge drinkers was presented by Lewis University psychology students Abbey Galusha of Williamsville and Alexandra Preuss of Elmhurst as well as Dr. Phil Blankenship, assistant professor of psychology.

The goal of the app is to develop an early indicator of hippocampal pathology, which often is a precursor to neurodegenerative disorders like dementia or dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. The rationale behind targeting adolescent binge drinking is that this behavior often produces functional and/or structural changes in the hippocampus that present themselves in similar behavioral disruptions to those that we tend to see in individuals with dementia.

The Society for Neuroscience is an international, professional society for basic scientists and physicians from around the world, whose research is focused on the study of the brain and the nervous system. This society is widely known for its annual meeting, being consistently one of the largest scientific conferences. The society has approximately 37,000 members, making it the world’s largest neuroscience society with more than 30,000 of them planning to attend this year’s conference.

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