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Why do people with epilepsy feel they have problems with memory, attention or problem solving?

Study title

What causes people with epilepsy to feel they have problems with their memory, attention or problem solving?


University of Liverpool, UK

About the study

Cognitive abilities are the mental skills you need to carry out any task, from the most simple to the most complex. These mental skills include awareness, information handling, memory and reasoning.

People with epilepsy can sometimes experience changes to their cognitive abilities, for example changes to memory or concentration. You may or may not have noticed this yourself.

This study is looking at whether different styles of thinking affect what you think about your memory, concentration and other cognitive abilities.

By knowing more about this we can develop ways of helping, for example, by reducing anxiety and worry.

When will this study be recruiting?

Now, until December 2016.

What will participants be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete some tests, which will assess your memory, attention, processing speed and organising. These will take around 30 minutes.

You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire. This asks about your quality of life, thinking styles, mood and what you think about your cognitive abilities.

If you would like to take part, we can either:

  • Arrange for a researcher to visit your home (if you live around the Liverpool area) or
  • Make an appointment for you to come to us at the Walton Centre – we will pay your travelling expenses

Who can take part?

You can take part if you:

  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have been diagnosed with epilepsy
  • Live around the Liverpool area, or are able to travel to the Walton Centre in Liverpool, UK
  • Have not experienced any other neurological difficulties, such as a brain injury or multiple sclerosis

Who is conducting the research?

The research is being conducted within the University of Liverpool and the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

Who has reviewed this study?

All research in the NHS is looked at by an independent group, called a Research Ethics Committee, to protect your interests. This study has been reviewed and given ethical approval.


If you are interested then please email Layla Mottahedin-Fardo (Lead Researcher, University of Liverpool) on laylam@liverpool.ac.uk or phone 0151 794 5534.

Event Date: 
Tuesday 12 May 2015 - 13:49

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