Analytic information processing style in epilepsy patients

Publication date: August 2017Source:Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 73
Author(s): Marzia Buonfiglio, Francesco Di Sabato, Silvia Mandillo, Mariarita Albini, Carlo Di Bonaventura, Annateresa Giallonardo, Giuliano Avanzini
Relevant to the study of epileptogenesis is learning processing, given the pivotal role that neuroplasticity assumes in both mechanisms.Recently, evoked potential analyses showed a link between analytic cognitive style and altered neural excitability in both migraine and healthy subjects, regardless of cognitive impairment or psychological disorders.In this study we evaluated analytic/global and visual/auditory perceptual dimensions of cognitive style in patients with epilepsy.Twenty-five cryptogenic temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) patients matched with 25 idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE) sufferers and 25 healthy volunteers were recruited and participated in three cognitive style tests: “Sternberg-Wagner Self-Assessment Inventory”, the C. Cornoldi test series called AMOS, and the Mariani Learning style Questionnaire.Our results demonstrate a significant association between analytic cognitive style and both IGE and TLE and respectively a predominant auditory and visual analytic style (ANOVA: p values <0,0001).These findings should encourage further research to investigate information processing style and its neurophysiological correlates in epilepsy.