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Dr Pamela Thompson, Institute of Neurology, National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, London

Optimizing memory functioning in people with temporal lobe epilepsy

Abstract 

Memory problems are a common concern of people with epilepsy. A poor memory affects performance at school and work but less often highlighted is the harmful impact on self-esteem, confidence and the quality of time spent with friends and family. Difficult to control epilepsy often involves the temporal lobes in the brain and these brain regions are essential for memory formation. Research studies over the last 25 years have repeatedly recorded poor memory in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) but few studies have assessed if it is possible to improve memory with training.

Our project aims to see if a memory training programme, based on successful approaches used with other neurological groups, can improve memory in TLE. We also want to assess whether there is any evidence to support claims that internet brain training exercises result in any extra benefit. The study will take 24 months to complete and evidence on short term benefits (up to six months) should be available soon after completion although it will be important to assess if any positive changes have longer lasting effects.

 

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