Wednesday, March 29, 2017

UMD CS Undergraduate Researcher Designing Apps for Dementia

Bringing Memories to the Surface
March 28, 2017
Daniel Alvarado and Cheryl Reitan

UMD student designs app to help people with dementia
Undergraduate student, Yichen Wei, works with Dr. Arshia Khan on a UROP project designing an app that helps patients with dementia. It uses research, conducted by renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks, in which he played music for patients with Alzheimer's which calmed them and helped them remember the past. "Those memories have not disappeared, they are just misconnected in the brain," says Yichen. The app will use resources such as personalized music libraries, a selection of family photos, newspaper headlines, music from different eras, and other cues that will help patients recall memories. 

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