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Mental Health Care
     Physical and mental health together constitute the foundation of the “Successful Aging” concept. To fully understand how the process of aging affects the cognitive abilities of an individual, it is first necessary to evaluate the physical and mental state of the elderly. The evaluation results are also useful in developing an educational training system which meets the needs of the elderly. Accordingly, the research topics in the mental health care field will be divided into four broad areas, namely (1) Cognitive Abilities and Functions of the Brain, (2) Emotions, (3) Face Identification and Facial Expression Differentiation, and (4) Language Interpretation and Language Expression. In the Cognitive Abilities and Functions of the Brain research area, fMRI, EEG, MEG, DTI and other brain radiography and neuro-anatomical techniques will be employed to collect and analyze related data in order to understand the process of semantic integration and the neuro-mechanisms of episodic memory, sleeping and error control, respectively. Meanwhile, the Emotion research projects will clarify the effects of positive emotion adjustment on the life, spirit and cognitive performance of individuals. The Face Identification and Facial Expression Differentiation studies will examine the respective impacts of the degeneration and enhancement of an individual’s cognitive abilities on the performance of their daily activities and their social life. Finally, the Language Interpretation and Language Expression research projects will design an appropriate evaluation system with which to observe, evaluate and analyze the consequences of a degeneration of an individual’s linguistic communication capabilities in terms of their basic needs in daily life.
Recent Research Result
Hsieh, S.* & Wu, M.-Y. (2010) Age differences in switching the relevant stimulus dimensions in a speeded same-different judgment paradigm. Acta Psychologica, 135, 140–149 (SSCI)
Lee, T. U. & Hsieh, S.* (2009) The limits of attention for visual perception and action in aging. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 16, 311-329. (SSCI)
Mental Health Care
Neural Mechanism of Aging in Episodic Memory System.
Age-related changes in semantic integration of Chinese sentence comprehension.
Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Error monitoring in Older adults.
FMRI studies of smenatic memory in older adults.
Face recognition and expression identification: The degeneration and enrichment of mental functions in elderly people.
A study of Emotion Regulation and its Brain Mechanisms in Older Adults.
A study of Understanding and Expression in elder adults.
Ability of Reading in Older Adults.
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