Differential effects of unilateral temporal lobectomy on visuospatial memory and attention

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  • We investigated free recall of visuospatial arrays in a free-field format in epileptic patients following unilateral temporal lobectomy (TL) (left = 15, right = 17). TL patients exhibited leftward deviation in right hemispace, but more variable response in left hemispace, a pattern that has been observed in healthy adults. This finding is postulated to result from combined preferential right cerebral activation and a tendency to err toward peri-personal space. Temporal lobectomy affected overall leftward deviation by initially shifting deviation more toward the side of lesion. The initial directional shift in immediate memory dissipated over time suggesting that these subtle attentional shifts may be compensated by learning. Consistent with differential cerebral hemispheric mechanisms, absolute vertical errors were greater in right than left TL patients, and absolute horizontal errors were worse in right hemispace.
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  • Martin RC; Meador KJ; Loring DW
  • Start Page

  • 965
  • End Page

  • 971
  • Volume

  • 13
  • Issue

  • 6