Neuropsychology of epilepsy
Epilepsy is a disease at the edge between neurology and psychiatry. Because of this and because multiple disciplines (neurophysiology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, and neuropsychology) are concerned with this disease, research in epileptology was interdisciplinary from the very beginning of the understanding that the source of epilepsy must be the brain. The neurocognitive and behavioural findings in epilepsy will be outlined along with the different types of epilepsies. This chapter considers the effects of disease and treatment on cognition in epilepsy as well as the question of how epilepsy and its treatment can interact with mental development and mental decline. The extent to which the findings of the respective areas serve for modelling normal brain functions is of secondary interest.
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