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THOMASSON, Rachel

Entered:

2000

Current Position:

Qualified 2007

PhD title:

"Visual cognition after hemispherectomy : a neuropsychological study."

Principal Supervisor:

Prof Faraneh Vargha-Khadem

Funding Source:

Medical Research Council and Child Health Action Research Trust

Description of Project:

Hemispherectomy is one of several surgical treatment options forintractable childhood epilepsy. Although a wealth of literature documentslinguistic function after this procedure, little is known about theintegrity of non verbal cognition in these patients. A large battery ofneuropsychological tests were used to characterise the nature and extentof visual cognitive impairment in hemispherectomised patients, and todetermine whether any differences were apparent according to side ofhemispheric injury. Differences were not expected due to the plasticity ofthe developing brain. The results were consistent with this hypothesis.

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