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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease
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Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Degeneration

Individuals with frontotemporal dementia frequently have executive function and reasoning deficits. "Reasoning" refers to mental activities that promote decision-making. Being able to categorize information and to move from one perspective of a problem to another are examples of reasoning. "Executive functions" is a term that refers to yet another group of mental activities that organize and plan the flow of behavior. A good example of executive functions is what might happen if one were driving a car, talking with the passenger and suddenly having to respond to a child running into traffic. The ability to handle all the stimulation and to quickly plan a course of action is accomplished via executive functions. Individuals with frontal lobe dementia often lack flexibility in thinking and are unable to carry a project through to completion. Failure of executive functions may increase safety risk since they may not be able to plan appropriate actions or inhibit inappropriate actions.

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Our Members

The members of the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease are faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and other Northwestern University schools. Browse their profiles to learn more about their clinical interests and research work.


Research Studies

Those living with bvFTD should consider enrolling in a research program affiliated with the center. Browse our list of ongoing studies recruiting new participants.

Support Group

We offer a number of support programs and groups for individuals and families living with neurocognitive disease, including one specific to caregivers of people with FTD.

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