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Novel forms of forgetting in temporal lobe epilepsy

Zeman, Adam, Butler, Chris, Muhlert, Nils and Milton, Fraser 2013. Novel forms of forgetting in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior 26 (3) , pp. 335-342. 10.1016/j.yebeh.2012.09.030

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Transient Epileptic Amnesia (TEA) is a recently defined subtype of temporal lobe epilepsy, principally affecting people in middle age with a male predominance. Its key manifestation is the occurrence of recurring episodes of transient amnesia, usually lasting less than an hour and often occurring on waking. One-third of patients have exclusively amnestic attacks, while in two-thirds, at least some attacks are accompanied by other manifestations of epilepsy, especially olfactory hallucinations. Several lines of evidence point to a seizure focus in the medial temporal lobes. Transient Epileptic Amnesia is accompanied by a striking loss of autobiographical memories in two-thirds of sufferers, accelerated loss of memories which had been acquired successfully in around one half, and topographical amnesia in around one-third. This paper reviews the findings of the TIME project (The Impairment of Memory in Epilepsy — in relation to TEA, accelerated long-term forgetting, and remote memory impairment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transient Epileptic Amnesia; Accelerated long-term forgetting; Remote memory impairment; Temporal lobe epilepsy; Memory
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1525-5050
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:43

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