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Epilepsy and Memory$
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Adam Zeman, Narinder Kapur, and Marilyn Jones-Gotman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580286.001.0001

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Memory rehabilitation for people with epilepsy

Memory rehabilitation for people with epilepsy

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(p.425) Chapter 25 Memory rehabilitation for people with epilepsy
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Epilepsy and Memory
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Pam Thompson

Loes Koorenhof

Narinder Kapur

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580286.003.0025

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

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