Accelerated long-term forgetting in temporal lobe epilepsy
Complaints of poor memory are particularly common in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Standard clinical assessments, however, often fail to identify a memory deficit despite patients’ subjective complaints. Recent research has suggested that this may be because information is acquired and retained normally over at least 30 minutes (the delay used for most clinical assessments) but, subsequently, it is forgotten at an increased rate. This phenomenon has been labelled accelerated long-term forgetting (ALF). Although commonly observed in TLE, research indicates that not everybody with TLE suffers from ALF. Various factors (e.g. seizure frequency, medication) have been considered as predictors of ALF but none show a consistent relationship with increased forgetting. In this study, the PhD student will investigate the relationship between forgetting rate, volumetric measurements of temporal lobe structures and radiological measurements of temporal lobe pathology in an attempt to identify what underlies the forgetting in patients with TLE who show ALF.
This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology. Please see here for full details: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/psychology/prospectivepg/funding
Overseas students are welcome to apply for funding but must be able to demonstrate that they can fund the difference in the tuition fees.
Requirements: We ask for a minimum of a first class or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree and a distinction or high merit at Masters level in psychology or a related discipline.
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