The purpose of the Social Cognition Ageing Study (SocCog) is to learn more about social cognitive function at different stages of the adult lifespan. Social cognition refers broadly to how we interpret and make sense of social situations in our environment, and is therefore critical for successful communication, and in turn, good social functioning and wellbeing. We hope that the findings of this research will assist in the development of programs and interventions aimed at enhancing social function and wellbeing in vulnerable groups. This research is being organised by Professor Julie Henry at the University of Queensland, as well as Professor Perminder Sachdev and Dr Karen Mather at UNSW Sydney.
We are looking to recruit older adults aged 60 and up who do not have a current diagnosis of dementia or any major neurological or psychiatric condition, are comfortable with conversational English (due to the nature of the cognitive assessments) and are able to make their way to the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, NSW for visits.
If you decide to take part in the research, we would invite you to participate in two sessions (arranged at your convenience) at NeuRA approximately two years apart. During these sessions, we would ask you to complete tests of social cognitive function (such as your ability to identify emotions and detect social cues from others), as well as a range of background measures broadly focused on more general cognitive function (for instance language and memory), we all as measures of quality of life and wellbeing. You will also be asked to donate a sample of blood for hormonal and genetic testing.
Participants will be compensated for their time with a $50 grocery voucher per half-day visit, and an additional $10 café voucher after the blood sample donation. Additionally, we provide free parking for those who are driving.
Further information can be found on https://cheba.unsw.edu.au/join-a-trial/social-cognition-ageing-study. Alternatively, you may contact the study coordinators, Russell Chander and Rhiagh Cleary at (02) 9385 7338, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Queensland, approval number 2017000770. The project has been funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council.