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The Use of Self-Generation Procedures Facilitates Verbal Memory in Individuals with Seizure Disorders
Epilepsy and Behavior
  • Bruce K. Schefft, University of Cincinnati
  • Mario F. Dulay, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jamison D. Fargo, Utah State University
  • Jerzy P. Szaflarski, University of Cincinnati
  • Hwa-Shain Yeh, University of Cincinnati
  • Michael D. Privitera, University of Cincinnati
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The efficacy of a self-generation encoding procedure in facilitating the encoding and retrieval of verbal memories was compared with the didactic presentation of information in individuals with seizure disorders. Through a within-subject design, 87 patients (25 left temporal seizure onset, 29 right temporal, 8 frontal, and 25 psychogenic nonepileptic seizures) received a self-generation learning condition and a didactic learning condition and were subsequently tested for verbal paired associate free recall, cued recall, and recognition memory. All patient groups benefited from the use of the self-generation condition relative to the didactic condition. Better performance occurred with the self-generation procedure for cued recall and recognition memory test performance, but not free recall. Individuals with a left temporal seizure onset (patients with the poorest memory performance on the didactic condition) benefited the most from the self-generation condition. A memory encoding strategy that actively involves patient participation enhances memory performance.

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Schefft BK, Dulay MF, Fargo JD, Szaflarski JP, Yeh HS, Privitera MD. The use of self-generation procedures facilitates verbal memory in individuals with seizure disorders. Epilepsy & Behavior. 2008;13:162-168.