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ERIC Number: EJ866350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0028-3932
Attention and Material-Specific Memory in Children with Lateralized Epilepsy
Engle, Jennifer A.; Smith, Mary Lou
Neuropsychologia, v48 n1 p38-42 Jan 2010
Epilepsy is frequently associated with attention and memory problems. In adults, lateralization of seizure focus impacts the type of memory affected (left-sided lesions primarily impact verbal memory, while right-sided lesions primarily impact visual memory), but the relationship between seizure focus and the nature of the memory impairment is less clear in children. The current study examines the correlation between parent-reported attention problems and material-specific memory (verbal or visual-spatial) in 65 children (ages 6-16) with medically intractable lateralized epilepsy. There were no significant differences in attention and memory between those with left-lateralized epilepsy (n = 25) and those with right-lateralized epilepsy (n = 40). However, in the left-lateralized group attention problems were significantly negatively correlated only with delayed visual memory (r = -0.450, p less than 0.05), while the right-lateralized group demonstrated the opposite pattern (attention problems significantly negatively correlated with delayed verbal memory; r = -0.331, p less than 0.05). These findings suggest that lateralization of seizure focus may in fact impact children's memory in a material-specific manner, while problems with attention may impact memory more globally. Therefore, interventions designed to improve attention in children with epilepsy may have utility in improving certain aspects of memory, but further suggest that in children with lateralized epilepsy, material-specific memory deficits may not resolve with such interventions. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Language: English
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