Project area or title
Building a mechanistic model of socio-cognitive difficulties in Parkinson’s Disease
Although Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is commonly thought of as a “motor disorder”, a growing literature documents socio-cognitive difficulties and high rates of PD in the autistic population. The discovery of socio-cognitive difficulties in PD raises questions about the mechanistic role that dopamine plays in social cognition. A key question is whether dopamine is directly implicated in social cognition, or whether its impact on socio-cognitive function is driven by dopaminergic involvement in other processes such as motor function. This PhD project aims to develop a mechanistic understanding of the role that dopamine plays in social cognition. The resulting model will provide insight into the mechanisms underpinning socio-cognitive difficulties in PD and will have important implications for intervention.
Physical Health and Mental Health Multimorbidity
University of Birmingham