The tragic consequences of stroke can be invisible. Most people think that stroke causes weakness or movement problems. Although paralysis is a visible consequence of stroke, we find that hidden causes of stroke account for most of a stroke survivor's disability, hardship, and burden.
A stroke survivor who can walk may still:
Have problems communicating easily-finding words, speaking clearly, understanding speech in a noisy environment
Make errors navigating in a familiar or predictable environment like a mall or neighborhood
- Make errors managing medications and money
- Have problems using tools and operating equipment effortlessly and accurately
- Have trouble making rapid, accurate decisions
- Make errors remembering details, sequences, or instructions
A father who wants to call his daughter on the telephone, a wife who wants to drive to her husband's office for a surprise visit, or a business owner who wants to be sure that employee salaries are secure during a slow month, all need and rely on automatic mental functions for function and freedom.
In the Stroke Rehabilitation Research Laboratory, we make recent laboratory advances in brain science work for the individual stroke survivor. We find ways to bring science to the clinic for doctors, nurses, psychologists therapists and other professionals to use in evaluating and treating their patients, and we try to find out why some treatments work better than others to improve daily life.