Disentangling the cognitive components supporting Austin Maze performance in left versus right temporal lobe epilepsy
Julia Hocking, Hannah J Thomas, Ilvana Dzafic, Rebecca J Williams, David C Reutens, Donna M Spooner
EPILEPSY & BEHAVIOR | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2013
Neuropsychological tests requiring patients to find a path through a maze can be used to assess visuospatial memory performance in temporal lobe pathology, particularly in the hippocampus. Alternatively, they have been used as a task sensitive to executive function in patients with frontal lobe damage. We measured performance on the Austin Maze in patients with unilateral left and right temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), with and without hippocampal sclerosis, compared to healthy controls. Performance was correlated with a number of other neuropsychological tests to identify the cognitive components that may be associated with poor Austin Maze performance. Patients with right TLE were significant..View full abstract
JH is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council fellowship (www.nhmrc.gov.au). We would like to thank two anonymous reviewers for their constructive and insightful suggestions which greatly enhanced the original manuscript.