Can we reduce memory loss in epilepsy?

The majority of people with epilepsy have problems with their memory. These problems may be partly due to a recently discovered form of memory impairment called Accelerated Longterm Forgetting (ALF).

Dr Chris Butler’s project will investigate why some people with epilepsy forget things more quickly than they should. They will study forgetting rates in a group of people particularly prone to ALF – those with a form of epilepsy called transient epileptic amnesia. In particular, they will examine how memory performance varies according to the amount and type of mental activity that follows learning.

By understanding the mechanisms that lead to rapid forgetting in epilepsy, Dr Butler and his colleagues hope to encourage the development of strategies and memory aids to specifically help people with epilepsy.

Read more about this research into reducing memory loss in epilepsy here.

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