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MSc Projects with Naomi Cocks

General research interests 

My research interests span a variety of topics.  These include:

  • Gesture use and comprehension- following brain damage and in the non-brain-damaged population
  • Dysphagia
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Gender and the Speech and Language Therapy Profession.

I am also happy to supervise projects on any of the above areas.
 

Suggested MSc projects

  • Comprehension of Gesture Following Brain Damage
    As clinicians we often use gesture to supplement verbal language when communicating to clients with significant comprehension difficulties.  However, we know very little about whether people with aphasia comprehend gesture.  This project will investigate whether people with aphasia understand gesture.
  • Gesture Production Following Brain Damage
    As clinicians we often encourage  our clients to use gesture, either as a mode of communication or as a verbal cue when experiencing word-finding difficulties.  However, we know very little about the relationship between language and gesture and how aphasia impacts on gesture production.  This project will investigate how gesture production differs in people with aphasia.

MSc projects I have supervised or I am currently supervising

  • The impact of aphasia on the production of co-speech gesture in narratives.
  • An investigation into the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury on the narrative skills of late adolescents.
  • Increasing the compliance of carers in following eating and drinking recommendations.
  • Awareness of dysphagia in children - working with parents to manage their child’s difficulties.
  • A comparison of two dysphagia training packages used to train care staff working in a specialist brain injury rehabilitation unit.

Key words

Gesture, TBI, head injury, dysphagia.