Traditional brain training activities help temporal lobe epilepsy patients

A new experiment featured as part of the BBC programme “Bang Goes the Theory” has highlighted that online brain training activities help older people to maintain their mental faculties, meaning that they can continue to complete everyday tasks for longer.

However, the Epilepsy Society has conducted research which has found that patients with temporal lobe epilepsy receive more benefit from traditional forms of memory training, as opposed to computerised or online training activities.

77 people aged 19 to 67, all of whom had self-diagnosed memory problems, took part in the study.

40 of them had left temporal lobe epilepsy, and all but four of the group were on anti-epileptic medication.

The participants had to complete either traditional memory training, computerised brain training, or both forms combined, with the collected results then compared to a control group.

Computerised training focused on a website that provided games for boosting memory and problem solving skills, as well as overall attention and brain processing speed.

However, it was discovered that traditional forms of memory aid, such as diaries and phone reminders, were more effective in helping the participants to recall names, as well as other pieces of information, when compared to the findings relating to the online brain training.

Epilepsy patients commonly report memory problems, which is particularly true for those with temporal lobe epilepsy.

The problem can have a significant impact on various areas of patients’ lives including work, family life and general level of confidence.

It is hoped that the research will help raise awareness for how people living with the condition can improve their own quality of life.


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