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Neuroreport. 1996 Jul 8;7(10):1627-30.

Reorganization of memory functions after human temporal lobe damage.

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Epilepsie-Zentrum Bethel, Klinik Mara I, Bielefeld, Germany.


Hemispheric (re-)organization of episodic memory functions after temporal lobe damage (TLD) was investigated by the intracarotid amobarbital procedure in patients suffering temporal lobe epilepsy. Memory of the speech-dominant left hemisphere was intact after right-sided TLD independent of the age at manifestation. In contrast, the right hemisphere mediated memory well only after early left-sided TLD. These findings suggest a predisposition of the speech-dominant left hemisphere for the encoding of episodic memory, and indicate that for left-sided TLD the right hemisphere may compensate memory encoding sufficiently only if the damage occurred within a critical period in childhood.

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