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Brain Lang. 2019 Jun;193:18-30. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2017.08.007. Epub 2017 Oct 5.

Epilepsy, language, and social skills.

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UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, United States. Electronic address:


Language and social skills are essential for intrapersonal and interpersonal functioning and quality of life. Since epilepsy impacts these important domains of individuals' functioning, understanding the psychosocial and biological factors involved in the relationship among epilepsy, language, and social skills has important theoretical and clinical implications. This review first describes the psychosocial and biological factors involved in the association between language and social behavior in children and in adults and their relevance for epilepsy. It reviews the findings of studies of social skills and the few studies conducted on the inter-relationship of language and social skills in pediatric and adult epilepsy. The paper concludes with suggested future research and clinical directions that will enhance early identification and treatment of epilepsy patients at risk for impaired language and social skills.


Brain; Development; Epilepsy; Language; Social cognition; Social skills

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