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SEMINAR: Created Out of Mind

Wed 25 April 6pm

St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh

6pm Presentation by Sebastian Crutch

7pm Q&A

7:30pm Drinks and networking

We're delighted to welcome neuropsychologist Sebastian Crutch, Director of Created Out of Mind, who will talk about their interdisciplinary work around dementias, science and the arts. 

Based at The Hub at Wellcome Collection in London, Created Out of Mind is an interdisciplinary team of scientists, visual artists, musicians, broadcasters, clinicians and people experiencing dementias, aiming to explore, challenge and shape perceptions and understanding of dementias through science and the creative arts. 

Their work explores what dementia means to us all, challenges traditional definitions and common misconceptions, and unlocks what we can learn about art, consciousness and the brain from the experiences of people with dementia. 

Sebastian Crutch will share some of their research, discussing different forms of dementias and how the arts might provide new insights. He will explore the impact of dementias which primarily affect not just memory, but vision, language, social behaviour and other skills. His talk will focus on some of the experiences, questions and uncertainties often described by people living with these conditions, and consider how we can all better recognise, understand and adapt to the challenges they may bring. Seb will also discuss how creative arts activities might be adapted to better suit people's retained skills and senses. 

The seminar is for anyone with a professional or personal interest in the arts and dementia, including artists, representatives of cultural organisation, and health and care professionals. Admission is free, but advance booking is essential. 

Book your place via Eventbrite - please note this event is now fully booked, but you can watch it live online!

You can now watch a recording of this presentation on our YouTube channel.

About the speaker:

Professor Sebastian Crutch is Director of Created Out of Mind, a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), Professorial Research Associate and Alzheimer's Research UK Senior Research Fellow. 

Seb's research has focused on the neuropsychological investigation of perceptual function and language in individuals with neurodegenerative disease and stroke. Particular interests include the exploration of visual disorders and disease progression in posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), and analysis of refractory access disorders, and abstract and concrete conceptual knowledge. He has a particular passion for developing patient and carer support groups and helps run the PCA Support Group. He was awarded the 2012 British Neuropsychological Society Elizabeth Warrington Prize and 2015 Alzheimer's Society Dementia Research Leaders award. 

Image: Profiles in Paint, Charles Harrison / Created Out of Mind

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