Date of Award

1999

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Shore, Douglas,

Keywords

Psychology, Clinical.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

A multifactorial approach was used to investigate factors that were expected to be significant correlates of poor memory functioning in persons with epilepsy. The relationships between side of temporal lobe (TL) seizure focus, duration of epilepsy, Boston Naming Test (BNT) score, anxiety, and depression, and memory in the verbal and visual-spatial domains, were evaluated in 142 epilepsy surgery candidates. In general, the results indicated dig (1) as a group, persons with epilepsy displayed lower than average delayed memory test scores, (2) side of TL seizure focus predicted verbal memory score but not visual-spatial memory score, and (3) BNT score, anxiety, and age or duration predicted visual-spatial memory score but not verbal memory score. The results were discussed in the context of a model of hemispheric specialization based on differences in neuronal organization (Goldberg & Costa, 1981). Within this model, verbal and visual-spatial memory test demands were re-examined in terms of the nature of the test stimuli within each modality.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1999 .N49. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 61-09, Section: B, page: 4998. Adviser: Douglas Shore. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1999.

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