Memory rehabilitation for people with epilepsy

Pam Thompson, Loes Koorenhof and Narinder Kapur

in Epilepsy and Memory

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580286
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739408 | DOI:
Memory rehabilitation for people with epilepsy

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Memory problems are a frequent concern of people with epilepsy and their families. However, the role of memory rehabilitation in epilepsy has received limited attention. This chapter begins with a synopsis of memory-rehabilitation approaches applied to brain injury. It reviews evidence relating to the efficacy of these strategies in epilepsy. Relatively few systematic studies have been undertaken. Findings to date indicate some promise but data regarding generalization and permanence of effects are lacking. An on-going investigation involving a cohort of temporal lobe surgical candidates highlights the variability in response to cognitive rehabilitation and potential reasons for this. Future studies are advocated, as people with epilepsy represent a young neurological group; if memory functioning can be improved, this will often have far-reaching benefits over many decades.

Keywords: memory problems; brain injury; cognitive rehabilitation; epilepsy

Chapter.  8347 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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