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Epilepsy Research and Treatment
Volume 2012, Article ID 925238, 13 pages
Review Article

Neuropsychology in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Influences from Cognitive Neuroscience and Functional Neuroimaging

1Krembil Neuroscience Centre, University Health Network 4F-409, 399 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 2S8
2Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 1A1

Received 4 July 2011; Accepted 9 October 2011

Academic Editor: Seyed M. Mirsattari

Copyright © 2012 Mary Pat McAndrews and Melanie Cohn. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Neuropsychologists assist in diagnosis (i.e., localization of dysfunction) and in prediction (i.e., how cognition may change following surgery) in individuals being considered for temporal lobe surgery. The current practice includes behavioural testing as well as mapping function via stimulation, inactivation, and (more recently) functional imaging. These methods have been providing valuable information in surgical planning for 60 years. Here, we discuss current assessment strategies and highlight how they are evolving, particularly with respect to integrating recent advances in cognitive neuroscience.